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Household waste and recycling centres

Our household waste and recycling centres are now open following social distancing guidelines.

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 
  • there are restrictions on the types of waste you can bring
  • only cars, car-derived vans and pick ups will be allowed, no large vans, vehicle trailers or commercial vehicles of any type will be allowed on site until further notice
  • car-derived vans and pick up vehicles will require a permit
  • the permit system for large vans and vehicles towing trailers 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
  • 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

Opening times

Both of our sites will temporarily be open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week.

Campground household waste and recycling centre, Wrekenton

Springwell Road, Wrekenton, Gateshead NE9 7XW

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Cowen Road household waste and recycling centre, Blaydon

Cowen Road, Blaydon, Gateshead NE21 5TW

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What waste you can bring

  • bagged general household waste
  • garden waste
  • cardboard 
  • wood
  • bulky waste such as old furniture 
  • small domestic appliances which do not need help from staff to be lifted i.e. vacuum cleaners, toasters, kettles, microwaves, lawnmowers
  • televisions and computers
  • small fridges
Unfortunately, we currently cannot accept the following items
  • metals
  • soil
  • rubble
  • plasterboard
  • large electrical appliances, for example ovens
  • fluorescent tubes
  • engine and vegetable oil
  • textiles
  • household recycling for example plastic, cans, glass, papers

Odd and even number plate system

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.

Even example 1

V952 GHD

The last number is 2.

Even example 2


The last number is 0.

Even example 3

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.

Odd example 1

Y247 NJF

The last number is 7.

Odd example 2


The last number is 3.

Odd example 3

Please only visit on the day indicated below.

DateVehicle number plates
Wednesday 8 JulyEven
Thursday 9 JulyOdd
Friday 10 JulyEven
Saturday 11 JulyOdd
Sunday 12 JulyEven
Monday 13 JulyOdd
Tuesday 14 JulyEven
Wednesday 15 JulyOdd
Thursday 16 July Even
Friday 17 JulyOdd
Saturday 18 JulyEven
Sunday 19 JulyOdd
Monday 20 JulyEven
Tuesday 21 JulyOdd
Wednesday 22 JulyEven
Thursday 23 JulyOdd
Friday 24 JulyEven
Saturday 25 JulyOdd
Sunday 26 JulyEven
Monday 27 JulyOdd
Tuesday 28 JulyEven
Wednesday 29 JulyOdd
Thursday 30 JulyEven
Friday 31 JulyOdd

Watch our video which explains everything you need to know when you get to the centre.


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