Household waste and recycling centres
Our household waste and recycling centres are now open but strict social distancing requirements are still in place.
Please only visit if it's essential.
Journeys to waste sites are only allowed under the lockdown restrictions if the waste materials cannot be stored at home without causing risk of injury or harm to health. To make sure that our facilities can operate within the guidelines, and to protect the safety of our staff and our residents, there are restrictions in place:
- anyone in self isolation or with COVID-19 symptoms must not visit under any circumstances
- if your household has had Covid-19 symptoms the waste should be left for 72 hours before being brought to site, and the waste should be double bagged
- follow the new odd and even car number plate system to access the site to help manage traffic and reduce queuing
- only cars, car-derived vans, pick ups and cars towing trailers will be allowed on site
- if your vehicle is eligible to visit the recycling centres with a trailer, you must apply for a permit
- no large vans or commercial vehicles of any type will be allowed on site until further notice
- cars with trailers, eligible 4x4 vehicles with trailers, car-derived vans and pick up vehicles will require a permit
- the permit system for large vans is suspended until further notice
- social distancing at 2 metres will be strictly enforced and staff cannot assist the public in unloading
- only one person can leave the vehicle while on site, unless the item is heavy then one other adult from the same household can help
- only one person is allowed onto the gantries overlooking the skips at any one time, unless an item is too heavy and then one other person from the same car will be allowed to help
- traffic management will be in place at the site and priority will be given to bin wagons
- sites will be regularly cleaned
- proof of address may be required, please display in car windscreen
- you should wash your hands before and after visiting sites and avoid touching your face
You may have to queue before you are allowed entry into the sites. This is because there will be limits on the numbers of people that can be in the site at any one time.
Before travelling to a household waste and recycling centre, you should consider:
- storing items at home
- making use of retailer take-back services
- giving away items on reuse websites such as Freecycle and Freegle or on local social media groups
- checking the Reuse Network to see if small businesses or charities in your area can mend or repurpose your furniture and appliances instead
- using a private registered waste collection company, although there will be a cost if you do this and you should make sure the person collecting your waste is on the Environment Agency register
Both of our recycling centres are open seven days a week, all year round excluding Christmas Day.
Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday - 9am to 6pm
Campground household waste and recycling centre, Wrekenton
Springwell Road, Wrekenton, Gateshead NE9 7XW
Cowen Road household waste and recycling centre, Blaydon
Cowen Road, Blaydon, Gateshead NE21 5TW
- bagged general household waste
- garden waste
- bulky waste such as old furniture
- small domestic appliances which do not need help from staff to be lifted, for example vacuum cleaners, toasters, kettles, microwaves, lawnmowers
- televisions and computers
- small fridges
- rubble (up to 6 bin bags)
- large electrical appliances, for example ovens
- fluorescent tubes
- engine and vegetable oil
- household recycling for example plastic, cans, glass, papers
We expect our recycling centres will be extremely busy. We are temporarily introducing an odd and even number plate system to help us manage traffic and reduce queuing. This means you can only visit the recycling centres on certain days depending on your vehicle number plate.
How it works
If the last number of your vehicle number plate is 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 this is an even number plate.
Examples of even number plates:
The last number is 4.
The last number is 2.
The last number is 0.
If the last number of your vehicle number plate is 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 this is an odd number plate.
Examples of odd number plates:
The last number is 5.
The last number is 7.
The last number is 3.
|Date||Vehicle number plates|
|Monday 19 October||Odd|
|Tuesday 20 October||Even|
|Wednesday 21 October||Odd|
|Thursday 22 October||Even|
|Friday 23 October||Odd|
|Saturday 24 October||Even|
|Sunday 25 October||Odd|
|Monday 26 October||Even|
|Tuesday 27 October||Odd|
|Wednesday 28 October||Even|
|Thursday 29 October||Odd|
|Friday 30 October||Even|
|Saturday 31 October||Odd|
|Sunday 1 November||Odd|
|Monday 2 November||Even|
|Tuesday 3 November||Odd|
|Wednesday 4 November||Even|
|Thursday 5 November||Odd|
|Friday 6 November||Even|
|Saturday 7 November||Odd|
|Sunday 8 November||Even|
|Monday 9 November||Odd|
|Tuesday 10 November||Even|
|Wednesday 11 November||Odd|
|Thursday 12 November||Even|
|Friday 13 November||Odd|
|Saturday 14 November||Even|
|Sunday 15 November||Odd|
|Monday 16 November||Even|
|Tuesday 17 November||Odd|
|Wednesday 18 November||Even|
|Thursday 19 November||Odd|
|Friday 20 November||Even|
|Saturday 21 November||Odd|
|Sunday 22 November||Even|