Where to take your waste and recycling

Here you will find details of where you can take your waste and recycling. You can check opening times for household waste recovery centres (tips), and apply for a waste permit.

There are 12 HWRCs across the county where you can take your household waste. Waste recovery centres are more commonly known as ‘tips’.

This information was last updated 18 August 2020. 

HWRCs (tips) reopened on Monday 4 May.

To make sure that each facility can operate in line with Public Health England guidelines, and to protect the safety of our staff and our residents, there are restrictions in place.
 

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Site rules

  • Social distancing measures must be adhered to at all times by both staff and visitors. All site users must adhere to the 2m social distancing rules.
  • Ideally, only one person per vehicle should travel to the site, as only one person will be permitted outside their vehicle once on-site. People must remain in their vehicle whilst queuing. Drivers or a passenger with a valid blue badge will be permitted access and a passenger (subject to normal social distancing rules) can unload the waste on the driver’s behalf if necessary.  
  • You will be required to prove you live in Northumberland - please bring proof of your postal address and postcode - e.g. a utility bill or driver’s licence. You will need to display this in the windscreen of your vehicle.
  • No assistance will be given to offload materials by site staff so only bring what you can safely carry.
  • A new traffic management system will be in place and due to safety concerns, queueing outside of the sites will be restricted. If there are queues you may be asked to leave and come back at a later time.
  • Only cars, people carriers with up to 7 seats, pick-ups, small campervans (provided they have not been stripped out), small vans, and small trailers (below 5 feet or 1.5 metres long) are allowed on site with the exception of adapted vehicles for disabled drivers. Drivers may be asked for proof that they hold a valid blue badge.
  • No transit-type vans, large vehicle trailers or commercial vehicles of any type will be allowed on site, with the exception of adapted vehicles for disabled drivers.
  • Sites can only accept
    • bagged general household waste
    • garden waste
    • cardboard
    • glass bottles
    • TVs
    • small electrical appliances
    • wood
    • carpets
    • bulky items of household waste such as old furniture.
    • mattresses
    • scrap metal
    • beverage and drinks cartons eg Tetrapacks
    • comingled materials eg paper, card, plastic bottles, aluminium & steel cans
    • fluorescent tubes
    • batteries - household and vehicle.​
    • Construction waste, such as soil, rubble and plasterboard (disposal fees apply - credit card payments only)
    • All white goods (provided they can be carried by one person)
    • Compost sales have now resumed, where applicable (credit card payments only)
  • Do not attend the site if you are self-isolating due to having/or having had possible COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If any households have had COVID-19 symptoms, then the waste should be left for 72 hours before being brought to site. Waste should be doubled bagged.
  • If residents have sanitary or incontinence pad waste this should be bagged and placed in their household general waste bin and the excess household waste brought to site.
  • No access to pedestrians on any site.

These site rules apply to all residents visiting any of our HWRCs at all times.

Opening times

HWRC Site                                        Opening Hours
Alnwick
Bebside
Berwick
Hexham
Morpeth
North Seaton
Prudhoe (West Wylam)
Monday - Sunday: 8am to 6pm
Allendale
Haltwhistle
Kirkley West Thorn
North Sunderland
Wooler
Friday - Monday: 8am to 6pm
(Closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)


Please bear with us whilst operation of this restricted service gets underway.

Please treat our staff with respect and consideration during this challenging period. 

PLEASE NOTE: All tips are closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Some tips may close early due to adverse weather conditions. Please check our council alerts page for more updates.

Your questions answered

Which documents do I need as proof of residence?

You will be required to prove you live in Northumberland. Please bring documents that are proof of your postal address and postcode, for example a utility bill or driver’s licence. You will need to display this in the windscreen of your vehicle.

 

How long will these restrictions be in place for?

We must all continue to adhere to the continuing advice from the Government to slow the spread of Coronavirus. It is really important that we all maintain social distancing and stay 2m from individuals. To do this at the tips (Household Waste Recovery Centres), we must limit the number of residents on site at any one time and the types of containers that are available to use. We will continue to follow advice from the Government and review the practices at the Household Waste Recovery Centres in order that staff and residents stay safe.

 

Can I bring bin bags with clothes in for the clothes bank?

You should only visit the tip if it is essential, i.e. if waste materials cannot be stored at home without causing risk of injury or harm to health. Textiles don’t cause risk of injury or harm to human health, so residents are requested to continue to store bagged textiles at home.


If only one person will be permitted outside the vehicle once on site, and no assistance will be given to offload materials by site staff, how will I manage to get bulky waste items out of my vehicle?

Social distancing measures must be adhered to at all times by both staff and visitors. Residents with items that require 2 people to lift are advised to store the item at home until social distancing restrictions are relaxed and we are able to accommodate heavy and bulky items.


We live in Northumberland but our postcode is Cumbria - will we still be able to visit Northumberland tips?

HWRC operatives have been provided with a list of postcodes relevant to Northumberland residents, so a Cumbria postcode whilst paying Council tax to Northumberland County Council will allow you access to the HWRC facilities.
 

Tip locations

Address: Silburn Road, NE47 9LG. Please click here for a location map.

Phone: 0345 600 6400

 

Opening times

Allendale tip is open Friday - Monday: 8am to 6pm (closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)


Click here to see site rules for all tips (HWRCs) during the coronavirus outbreak.
Address: Plot B, Lionheart Enterprise Park, Alnwick, NE66 2HT. Please click here for a location map.

Phone: 0345 600 6400

 

Opening times

Alnwick tip is open Monday - Sunday: 8am to 6pm 

 

There is no access for pedestrians at this site.
Address: Hathery Lane, Bebside, NE24 4HN. Please click here for a location map.

Phone: 0345 600 6400

 

Opening times

Bebside tip is open Monday - Sunday: 8am to 6pm

 
Address: Ramparts Business Park, Berwick, TD15 1UN. Please click here for a location map.

Phone: 0345 600 6400

 

Opening times

Berwick tip is open Monday - Sunday: 8am to 6pm


There is no access for pedestrians at this site.

Address: Town Foot, Haltwhistle, NE49 0ET. Please click here for a location map.

Phone: 0345 600 6400

 

Opening times

Haltwhistle tip is open Friday - Monday: 8am to 6pm (closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)

There is no access for pedestrians at this site.
Address: French Garden Industrial Estate, Hexham, NE46 4DL. Please click here for a location map.

Phone: 0345 600 6400

 

Opening times

Hexham tip is open Monday - Sunday: 8am to 6pm


There is no access for pedestrians at this site.
Address: near Ponteland - please turn off the A696 at the Catch Seafood restaurant, where signposted to the household waste recovery centre. Please use postcode NE20 0DH for locating by sat nav. Please click here for a location map.

Phone: 0345 600 6400

 

Opening times

Kirkley West Thorn tip is open Friday - Monday: 8am to 6pm (closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)


There is no access for pedestrians at this site.
Address: Morpeth, NE61 3AB. Please click here for a location map.

Phone: 0345 600 6400

 

Opening times

Morpeth tip is open Monday - Sunday: 8am to 6pm


There is no access for pedestrians at this site.
Address: North Seaton Industrial Estate, Ashington, NE63 0YB. Please click here for a location map.

Phone: 0345 600 6400

 

Opening times

North Seaton tip is open Monday - Sunday: 8am to 6pm

Address: near Seahouses, NE68 7UP. Please click here for a location map.

Phone: 0345 600 6400 

 

Opening times

North Sunderland tip is open Friday - Monday: 8am to 6pm (closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)


There is no access for pedestrians at this site.
Address: Broomhouse Road, West Wylam, NE42 5ED. Please click here for a location map.

Phone: 0345 600 6400

 

Opening times

Prudhoe tip is open Monday - Sunday: 8am to 6pm

Address: Brewery Lane, NE71 6QG. Please click here for a location map.

Phone: 0345 600 6400 

 

Opening times

Wooler tip is open Friday - Monday: 8am to 6pm (closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)

 

 

The latest information regarding Household Waste Recovery Centres (HWRCs), also known as 'tips', during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This information was last updated 14 July 2020. 

Household Waste Recovery Centres (tips) reopened on Monday 4 May 2020.

Please click here for more details regarding the tips reopening, including opening times and site rules.

Please note that the Household Waste Permit Scheme has been suspended.
Recycling points are small collection points where you can recycle things like glass bottles, jars, shoes, and clothes. There are more than 170 locations across Northumberland.

Please click here to find your local recycling point.

 

Report a problem at a local recycling point:

Any one household is allowed a maximum of 12 permits per year.

This information was last updated 15 May 2020. 

 

The household waste permit scheme has been suspended. 

Although the tips reopened on Monday 4 May 2020, one of the COVID-19 restrictions is that we can't allow larger trailers and transit van size vehicles in the recovery centres during this period. As soon as this changes will will let you know here, on our social media channels, and on our alerts page.  

​Northumberland tips (household waste recovery centres) have now reopened.

Our sites can only accept:
  • bagged general household waste
  • garden waste
  • wood
  • bulky items of household waste such as old furniture
  • cardboard
  • glass bottles
  • TVs
  • small electrical appliances (e.g. hair dryers, vacuum cleaners)
  • carpets
  • mattresses
  • scrap metal
  • beverage and drinks cartons eg Tetrapacks
  • comingled materials eg paper, card, plastic bottles, aluminium & steel cans
  • fluorescent tubes
  • batteries - household and vehicle
  • construction waste, such as soil, rubble and plasterboard (disposal fees apply - credit card payments only)
  • compost sales have now resumed, where applicable (credit card payments only).
  • all white goods (provided they can be carried by one person)
A helpful guide on what goes in the rigid plastic container
Although the tips reopened on Monday 4 May 2020, sites still need to implement social distancing instructions. Due to this, sites can only accept:

  • Bagged general household waste 
  • Garden waste
  • Cardboard
  • Glass bottles
  • TVs
  • Small electrical appliances
  • Wood

The following items can be brought to our sites, provided they can be carried safely by one person:
  • Mattress
  • Scrap Metal
  • Carpet
  • Bulky items of household waste (old furniture)
  • White goods



Annual limit for DIY waste

Residents may dispose of no more than six cubic yards of DIY waste per household in one year. This rule applies to all types of vehicles and trailers and all types of DIY waste including; rubble, tiles, slates, laminate flooring, garden sheds, bathroom and kitchen fittings, and window frames.

There is a charge to dispose of certain DIY waste items - please click here to find out more.

 

Pay-as-you-throw

Residents who would like to dispose of rubble, plasterboard, soil, and ceramic bathroom and kitchen fittings must pay a fee. These are payable by credit, debit, or prepaid card only. Cash and cheques are not accepted.