Household Waste Recycling Centre (Tip)

What can I take?

I have a business, can I use the HWRC?

Unfortunately the HWRC is for household waste only. If you are a business, your commercial waste needs to be disposed of privately.

What is household waste?

The best way to describe household waste is to think of the things you would take with you if you were moving house, such as furniture, cookers, electrical items and toys. 

Household waste can be left at the HWRC free of charge.

If you need to bring your household waste to the site in a commercial-type vehicle (such as a rented van) you will need to apply for a free permit.

What can't I take to the HWRC?

Items that you can't take include:

  • Tyres
  • Paving Slabs and roof tiles
  • Brick Rubble
  • Ceramics (this includes tiles, sinks, baths and toilets)
  • Household fittings
  • Construction waste
  • Plasterboard waste
  • Soil and landscaping (general garden waste like grass clippings is okay)
  • Bonded asbestos (there is information about authorised companies dealing with Asbestos in the Yellow Pages)

How can I get rid of items the HWRC does not accept?

If you have items like these you need to get rid of you can:

  • Still take the items to the Household Waste Recycling Centre and use the 'pay as you throw' service. This is run by the John Wade group and prices are available from them on request.
  • Hire a skip or waste disposal bag service collection
  • Take your waste to a licensed waste disposal company or arrange for a company to collect from you.
  • Reuse the waste where possible or advertise it on websites like Freecycle [external link] or Freegle [external link]
  • Use our bulky waste collection service

I am redecorating my house – can I drop off my old carpets and furniture?

If you are getting rid of household waste, then as long as you use a car to drop the items off you can leave them at the HWRC between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Sunday.

If the items are so big you need to use a commercial-type vehicle you will need to apply for a free permit before you visit the HWRC.

See What is household waste? to check what items you can drop off.

Can I still take grass cuttings and other gardening rubbish to the HWRC?

Grass cuttings and gardening rubbish can be left at the HWRC

Rubble and soil are classed as construction waste and can't be left at the HWRC.

How do I access the site?

Can I use a trailer?

Yes, as long as it is under 4ft in length.

Is there a height barrier?

Yes, there is a 6ft height barrier at the entrance of the site.

The only vehicle I have is a white van which I use for my business but also for personal use. If I have household rubbish to get rid of will I be allowed to bring it into the HWRC in my van?

As long as you are disposing of household rubbish you can use your van but you must first apply for a free permit as you are using a commercial-type vehicle.

How much are permits?

Permits are free. You can apply as many as you need to during the year.

When can I access the site using a permit?

Once you have got your permit you will be allowed into the HWRC on:

  • Mondays (10am-2pm),
  • Wednesdays (10am-2pm),
  • Fridays (10am-2pm), and
  • Saturdays (8am-12pm) only.

How do I get a permit?

Call us on 01325 388777 with details of what you are bringing to the site, the make, when you are planning to visit and the make, model and registration number of your vehicle. A free permit will then be sent to you by post. 

Once you have got your permit you can come to the HRWC in a commercial vehicle to leave your household waste. You will be asked to hand over your permit as you enter the site.

Can I access the site on foot?

The site does not have pedestrian access for residents; there are large vehicles entering the site which makes it a dangerous place for pedestrians to be.

However, if you arrive on foot with a small amount of WEEE (waste electrical electronic equipment) that you can physically carry; a member of staff will take it for you.

Household Waste Recycling Centre Location
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Address

Darlington Waste Recycling Centre
Mewburn Road, Off Whessoe Road
Darlington
DL3 0RG

If you have any questions please call us on 01325 388777 or email customerservices@darlington.gov.uk