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.
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
Phone Customer Services on 0191 433 7000
8am - 5.30pm Monday to Thursday
8am - 5pm Friday
Gateshead Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH.
Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5.30pm
Friday 8.45am to 5pm