Toggle menu

Household waste and recycling centres

You need to book a time slot for each visit to our household waste and recycling centres. Gateshead Council will process the information you submit in accordance with our privacy notice.

Cowen Road household waste and recycling centre, Blaydon


Cowen Road, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 5TW



Campground household waste and recycling centre, Wrekenton

Springwell Road, Wrekenton, Gateshead, NE9 7XW



Covid guidelines

We no longer have Covid restrictions in place at our household waste and recycling centres. However, if you do have Covid, please stay at home.

Before travelling to our household waste and recycling centres

Consider alternative ways to dispose of your unwanted items. Giving away furniture and other items in good condition is more environmentally friendly.

​​​​​​​Find out more ways to reduce and reuse.

Please consider

Visiting our household waste and recycling centres

You must make a booking for each visit you plan to make to our household waste and recycling centres. There is no limit on the number of bookings you can make, so you can multiple bookings if needed.

If you need support completing the online form, watch our how to book video. Bookings can also be made by contacting our Customer Services team on 0191 433 7000.

Appointments are available 2 weeks in advance.

You should arrive any time within your 30 minute time slot, you do not have to arrive at the beginning of the slot. If you arrive early before your time slot, you may be asked to leave and return during your time slot.

As the 30 minute time slot is for your arrival only, you can continue unloading your vehicle after your time slot has ended if needed. We reserve the right to refuse entry if you arrive outside of your allocated time. If you arrive a little early or late, we may be able to let you in if there is space for your vehicle to be unloaded safely. If the site is busy you may be asked to leave and return during your booked time slot - or you may be asked to rebook if you are late. 

Please show your booking reference email on entry to the household waste and recycling centre. You can show it to staff on your mobile phone through your vehicle window, or you can print it out if you don't have a mobile device. Site attendants will be also be able to find and confirm your booking using your vehicle registration if you do not have a mobile device or printer. You should also show your waste permit if your vehicle requires one.

View more information about the new system on our bookings information page.

You may be asked to show proof of address to verify your booking and confirm you live in Gateshead or Sunderland. Our household waste and recycling centres are only open to Gateshead and Sunderland residents (Sunderland residents can use Campground only). 

Please be aware there is a height barrier at the entrance, and vehicles must be under 2.3 metres to access the recycling centres.

Changing your appointment 

To cancel or amend your booking you can follow the link in your confirmation email, or call our Customer Services team.

Opening times

Both of our recycling centres are open seven days a week, all year round excluding Christmas Day.

Monday to Sunday- 9am to 6pm

The final slot of each day is reserved for cars, motorcycles and bikes only.

Campground household waste and recycling centre, Wrekenton

Springwell Road, Wrekenton, Gateshead NE9 7XW

Get directions (opens new window)

Cowen Road household waste and recycling centre, Blaydon

Cowen Road, Blaydon, Gateshead NE21 5TW

Get directions (opens new window)

What waste you can bring

  • bagged general household waste
  • garden waste
  • cardboard 
  • wood
  • bulky waste such as old furniture or bathroom suites
  • small domestic appliances which do not need help from staff to be lifted, for example vacuum cleaners, toasters, kettles, microwaves, lawnmowers
  • televisions and computers
  • batteries - these can cause fires and need to be disposed of in the dedicated battery recycling bins or electricals in the correct containers. Please also remove batteries from electrical appliances and put them in the dedicated battery bins. They should not be put in the general-waste skip. Please ask a site attendant if you are unsure
  • small fridges
  • metals
  • soil
  • rubble (up to 6 bin bags)
  • tiles - ceramic/porcelain (up to 6 bin bags)
  • plasterboard (limit of 5 bags or 3 sheets)
  • large electrical appliances, for example ovens
  • fluorescent tubes
  • engine and vegetable oil
  • textiles including carpet or rugs
  • tyres (up to 4 tyres)
  • household recycling for example plastic, cans, glass, papers

View our ​​​​​​​A to Z of recycling for more details about what can be recycled at our household waste and recycling centres.

Waste and Recycling Visitor and Education Centre

Find out about our hub for recycling education, and engagement programmes, including a range of waste awareness and reduce, reuse and recycling activities.