What can I recycle at my Household Waste Recovery Centre?

A list of what can be recycled and disposed of safely at Northumberland Household Waste Recovery Centres.

Facilities at Northumberland Household Waste Recovery Centres

Check the list below to see which items are collected at your local centre.

Click here for Household Waste Recovery Centre locations and opening times.

Type of material for recycling

or safe disposal

Which Household Waste

Recovery Centres

collect these items?

Automotive

Tyres logo

Car batteries

Used engine oil

Collected at all 12 centres

Books, music CD's, DVD's and computer games collected together in the same bank

Books logo

Music CD's and DVD's

Collected at 11 of 12 centres

Not collected at North Sunderland

Find out more about the reuse and

recycling options for books and music here.

Bric-a-brac

Collected at 11 of 12 centres

Not collected at Berwick

Click here for more reuse and

recycling options for bric-a-brac.

Carpet logo

Collected at 8 of the 12 centres

Collected at Alnwick, Berwick, Wooler, Morpeth, North Seaton,

Kirkley West Thorn, Prudhoe and Bebside

At the 4 sites where there is no carpet collection point, please place your carpet into the general waste collection area at the centre, or if convenient, take to one of the 8 Northumberland Centres close by that do have this collection facility.

DIY materials

Plasterboard

Rubble

Wood

Chipboard- Please ask advice from the site attendant on arrival at your local centre

Separate collection points at all 12 centres

for small quantities of household DIY materials from individual householders.

Please click here to go to our household recycling/waste directory for more information on recycling DIY materials and specific details on the safe disposal of asbestos

Asbestos must not be taken to any of the Household Waste recovery Centres

Electrical

Small electrical items

Large electrical items

Fridges logo

Light bulbs and fluorescent tubes logo

Batteries logo

Phone chargers/other chargers

Collection points at all 12 centres

for all electrical items except mobile phones and

inkjet cartridges

Mobile phones and inkjet cartridges are only

collected at 5 of 12 centres

These are: Kirkley Thorn, Prudhoe, Hexham, Allendale

and Haltwhistle

Printer cartridges logo

Mobile phones

Please click here to find out more about recycling

electrical items on our household recycling directory

Garden waste

Collected at all 12 centres

for composting in Northumberland County

Click here for 1,2,3, ways to compost garden

waste in Northumberland.

Gas bottles

Collected at all 12 centres

Click here for information on how to

safely dispose of other hazardous

household waste items.

Glass bottles and jars

Green, Brown and Blue- collected mixed

Mixed glass bottles and jars

Clear bottles and jars are collected in their own separate containers

Clear glass bottle and jars

Collection points at all 12 centres

Other glass, for example, window glass or heat treated glass (eg Pyrex) are not accepted for recycling in the bottle banks as they are made from different materials to bottle glass. These items melt at different temperatures to standard glass bottles, causing problems with the recycling process if mixed.

Glass- other

Broken crockery and kitchen glass items

Sheet glass- broken windows/mirrors etc

Flat glass logo

Collected at all 12 centres in the

rubble skips

Sheet glass- most types collected in the rubble skips. Certain glass types such as car windscreens can not be placed in the rubble skips as they contain a plastic covering.

Please check with the site attendant on duty at your local centre when you visit.

Metals

Cans

Aerosol cans

Large tins

Scrap metal collection points

Scrap metal

There are can banks and scrap metal collection points at all 12 Household Waste Recovery Centres

Can collection points

Cans must be empty and clean

Aerosols must be empty

Biscuit and sweet tins are also collected in the can banks

Scrap metal collection points

for other metal items

Certain metal items such as copper items may be collected separately for recycling. Please check with the site attendant on duty at your local centre when you visit.

Metal electrical items are collected at the electrical collection points and not with the scrap metal.

Aluminium foil: This is not collected in the household kerbside recycling scheme. However, if it is completely clean it may be accepted in the metal skips at some of the Household Waste Recovery Centres. Please check with the site attendant on duty at your local centre when you visit.

Click here to find out more about recycling metal items

Paint logo

Paint cans

Dry, empty metal paint cans can be placed into the scrap metal containers at any of the 12 centres.

Community RePaint collection point at 1 of 12 centres

Morpeth Household Waste Recovery Centre

Community RePaint projects are happy to accept certain types of paint, in reasonable condition (paint must be in its original container, less than 10 years old and more than a third full).

Please click here to find out more about the disposal of paint / paint cans on the do-it-yourself waste page

Paper

Collection points at all 12 centres

All clean paper, but not shredded paper

Click here to find out more on paper recycling

Cardboard

Collection points at all 12 centres

Please flatten boxes and remove all polystyrene and other plastic wrappings from the cardboard before recycling.

Click here to find out more on cardboard recycling

Plastic bottles sign

All types of plastic bottles, including shampoo bottles, plastic milk bottles and empty cleaning bottles.

Collection points at all 12 centres

Please rinse and remove lids where possible

Please do not place other plastic items such

as plastic trays and pots into these containers.

Click here to find out more on recycling plastics

Hard plastics logo

e.g plastic garden furniture and plastic toys (non-electrical)

Plastic electrical items should be left at the electrical collection point.

Collection points at 11 of 12 centres (Not North Sunderland)

Due to the current economic climate the markets for hard plastics are not very reliable at present. For this reason, these items may not always be recycled. Work is ongoing to establish more sustainable markets.

At the 12th Centre, North Sunderland, it may be possible to collect rigid plastics during the winter period, whilst there is less garden waste coming into the site and therefore space to accommodate the rigid plastics. Please ask the site attendant on duty if this is possible when you visit this site.

Tetra Paks/ Cardboard cartons

Cartons

Collection points at all 12 centres

These are collected separately to cardboard

as they contain a mixture of materials and

are therefore recycled in a different way.

Textiles

Clothes logo

Shoes logo

Collection points at all 12 centres

Looking for other ways to reuse / recycle your textiles and shoes?

Find out more about textiles recycling on

our household recycling directory.

General waste collection points

non-recyclables

e.g. household food waste and nappies.

Collection points at all 12 centres

Please make sure that all items such as household food waste and nappies are tightly bagged up before putting into the general waste collection area.

The majority of this waste is transported to an Energy from Waste facility where it is used as a fuel to generate electricity for supply to the National Grid.

Find out more about disposing of general waste items on our household waste directory