From 4th August, Recycling Centres will accept the full range of waste at both sites, including metals, rubble, textiles and large electrical appliances.
Strict social distancing measures will remain in place.
The current odd and even number plate system will continue to apply. If the last number of your car registration plate is odd, you may only visit on an odd date. If your registration plate is even, only visit on an even date. More information can be found here.
Update 20th May
From 20th May the range of waste accepted will be extended to include:
small electrical appliances (such as lawnmowers, hairdryers and microwave ovens)
domestic appliances (such as TV’s, computers and small fridges)
– provided they can be lifted by one person and will not require help from site staff.
Update 8th May
sites will be open from Monday 11th May, temporarily from 8am-8pm seven days a week, at:
numbers of vehicles will be limited to adhere to social distancing – expect to queue.
only visit if it’s essential – if storing your waste at home could cause risk of harm, health or illness.
if the last number of your car registration plate is odd, you may only visit on an odd date. If your registration plate is even, only visit on an even date. More information can be found here.
only cars will be accepted initially – no vans, trailers or commercial vehicles (the permit system for these vehicles is suspended until further notice).
on arriving, site staff will check your number plate and ask for proof that you live in Gateshead – hold up written proof (e.g. utility bill) but keep your windows closed.
you will be directed to one of 4 bays – not all regular bays will be open, only essential waste.
bays will be open for household waste (bagged and sealed), cardboard, garden waste and wood (including old furniture).
If you can, come alone – only one person will be allowed out of the car at one time (with the exception of heavy items which require 2 people from same household to carry). Staff cannot assist with unloading.
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 bringing out and should be double bagged.
you should wash your hands before and after visiting sites and avoid touching your face.
Bin & Waste Collections
Bulky waste collections will start again on Monday 18 May. Online booking is required here. Only external itemised collections will be available – no collections will be made from within homes, garages etc.
Garden waste collections will begin again from Tuesday 12th May. Residents who have signed up for collections can use the online bin checker here to confirm which day their bin should be put out for collection.
There will be no bin collections Friday 8th May on the VE Day bank holiday. Instead bins will be collected the following day, on Saturday 9th May.