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Household waste and recycling centres

Under the latest guidelines, our household waste and recycling centres will remain open but strict social distancing requirements are still in place.

Please only visit if it's essential.

To make sure that our facilities can operate within the government's 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 
  • cars with trailers, eligible 4x4 vehicles with trailers, vans and pick up vehicles will require a permit
  • 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

Opening times

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

We have temporarily extended the opening times at both centres. They are now open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

Please only visit if it is essential.

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, 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. Ask a Site attendant if not sure. They should not be placed in the general waste skip.
  • small fridges
  • metals
  • soil
  • rubble (up to 6 bin bags)
  • 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
Monday 21 JuneOdd
Tuesday 22 JuneEven
Wednesday 23 JuneOdd
Thursday 24 JuneEven
Friday 25 JuneOdd
Saturday 26 JuneEven
Sunday 27 JuneOdd
Monday 28 JuneEven
Tuesday 29 JuneOdd
Wednesday 30 JuneEven
Thursday 1 JulyOdd
Friday 2 JulyEven
Saturday 3 JulyOdd
Sunday 4 JulyEven
Monday 5 JulyOdd
Tuesday 6 JulyEven
Wednesday 7 JulyOdd
Thursday 8 JulyEven
Friday 9 July Odd
Saturday 10 JulyEven
Sunday 11 JulyOdd
Monday 12 JulyEven
Tuesday 13 JulyOdd
Wednesday 14 JulyEven
Thursday 15 JulyOdd
Friday 16 JulyEven
Saturday 17 July Odd
Sunday 18 JulyEven
Monday 19 JulyOdd
Tuesday 20 July Even
Wednesday 21 JulyOdd
Thursday 22 JulyEven
Friday 23 JulyOdd
Saturday 24 JulyEven
Sunday 25 JulyOdd
Monday 26 JulyEven
Tuesday 27 JulyOdd
Wednesday 28 JulyEven
Thursday 29 JulyOdd
Friday 30 JulyEven
Saturday 31 JulyOdd
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