Waste permits

You need a waste permit to use our household waste and recycling centres in a van, pick-up truck, car with a trailer, or commercial vehicle. These permits are free.

We issue permits to Gateshead and Sunderland residents. Sunderland residents can only use the Campground centre.

A single permit is needed for each visit and is valid for 28 days starting from the date you specify.

Apply for a permit

Before you apply please be aware that

  • Vehicles must be five metres or under in length bumper-to-bumper.

  • Trailers must be three metres or under in length from tow bar to end.

  • Very large vans or lorries, agricultural vehicles, and trailers longer than three metres are not allowed onto the sites for health and safety reasons

  • Vans with trailers are not allowed access to the sites.

  • There is a limit of one tonne per load no matter what vehicle or trailer you use.

  • The driver of the vehicle must have insurance to drive it.

  • Vehicle and waste details must match those on the permit.

  • Waste must come from your own property and not from a trade business.

  • Waste must not be hazardous.

  • Incomplete applications may cause a delay or refusal to issue a permit. Please supply a daytime phone number for any queries with your application.

Other ways to apply

By phone

Phone Customer Services on 0191 433 7000 
8am - 5.30pm Monday to Thursday 
8am - 5pm Friday

In person

Gateshead Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH.
Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5.30pm
Friday 8.45am to 5pm


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