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Household Waste Recycling Centre FAQs
The centre is a reuse, recycling and waste disposal facility for North Tyneside residents only. It is illegal for businesses to dispose of waste at this site. Please see guidelines for business waste.
We have introduced some new rules to ensure fair usage of the centre, as well as the ongoing safety and sustainability of the site.
These include new restrictions on ‘very large vehicles’ (introduced July 2017) and a FREE permit scheme for residents using smaller vans, trailers, and vehicles with commercial logos, as well as charges for non-household waste.
Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for information on the new rules. These will be updated as the new schemes are developed.
- over 2m high
- over 6m long
- exceeding 3.5 tonne weight
- trailers exceeding 3m length, including the tow bar
- a van
- a car towing a trailer or
- any vehicle with commercial branding
- any hire vehicle
Any of these vehicles must be within the permitted size limits.
- no rear windows
- no rear side windows and/or panels in place of rear side windows
- no rear seats
- an open back, or a back which is separate to the main cab such as a closed cab pick-up
Remember there are also height and weight restrictions.
- The permit is for residents of North Tyneside only
- Residents must apply online for a permit before visiting the HWRC
- Permits are digital (paperless) and are checked by a site operative when you arrive
- Permits are specific to a single vehicle and address and cannot be transferred
- You may be asked for proof of residence and to confirm that the waste is from a North Tyneside domestic property
Any work that would require a specialist, such as work to gas systems, would normally be trade waste and therefore not allowed on the site.
The authority will also continue to monitor the material being brought to the site and may introduce limits on this material in the future.
There may be a charge for this material if it falls into any of the categories below.
This also includes rubbish that results from building, gardening or other work carried out on a domestic property if the person carrying out the work is NOT the homeowner.
Commercial operators found using the site may be prosecuted with the penalty being a fine of up to £50,000 and/or six months in prison.
It is illegal to dispose of commercial or trade (business) waste at the Household Waste Recycling Centre. If your waste is fly-tipped and it is traced back to you as the owner then you can be prosecuted and fined up to £50,000.
- Paving stones
- Rubble and hardcore
- Ceramic pipes
- Soil, gravel, and stones
- Bricks and concrete
- £2 for a bag of loose material or a sheet of plasterboard
- £12 for a fully loaded hatchback / normal family car
- £20 for a trailer less than 1.5m in length
- £40 for a trailer over 1.5m (plus £10 for every 30cm up to the 3 metre limit)
- £80 for a transit van full of commercial waste.
Additional information relating to charging:
- No cash can be taken on site
- A member of staff will advise you of the amount payable
- Payment must be made by debit card, credit card, or pre-paid debit card
- Charges are not negotiable
Any waste which you have in your possession due to being a landlord is classed as trade waste and therefore you are not allowed to use the HWRC.
If you are signed up through the North Tyneside National Landlords Association (NLA) partnership you will be able to access the North Tyneside Transfer Station (commercial disposal facility next to the HWRC) for the disposal of household items free of charge for a limited number of visits. See our advice for private landlords.
All landlords have options available, all of which will be chargeable:
- You can ask a private company for a quote for collections and/or disposal
- You can use a commercial waste transfer/disposal facility, such as the North Tyneside Transfer Station next to the HWRC
- You could make enquiries about skip hire
- You could ask the council to quote for collection
- You can ask a private company for a quotation for collections and/or disposal
- You could make enquiries about skip hire
- You could use any commercial site – charges will apply – there is a commercial waste transfer station next door to the tip
Further information about what to do with your business waste.
You will need to make a private arrangement to dispose of the waste.