Summer opening hours for Household Waste Recycling Centres

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in County Durham will soon be switching to summer opening hours.

From Sunday, 1 April until Sunday, 30 September, HWRCs will operate the following opening times:

Monday to Sunday – 9am to 6pm:

  • Annfield Plain
  • Heighington Lane, Newton Aycliffe
  • Middleton-in-Teesdale
  • Potterhouse Lane, Pity Me
  • Romanway,  Bishop Auckland
  • Seaham
  • Tudhoe

Monday to Thursday – 10am to 4pm and Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays – 9am to 6pm:

  • Coxhoe
  • Horden
  • Thornley

Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays only – 9am to 6pm:

  • Hett Hills, Chester-le-Street

Centres are open as normal during the Easter holiday period, unless stated otherwise.

In addition, Stainton Grove at Barnard Castle will be open from 9am to 6pm on Saturday, 7 and Sunday, 8 April. However, it will close from Monday, 9 April to allow for construction of a replacement recycling centre, which is anticipated to take about seven months to complete. Residents in this area can use sites at Middleton-in-Teesdale, Romanway, Heighington and the part-time mobile recycling centre at Frosterley while Stainton Grove HWRC is closed.

Between Tuesday, 3 April and Friday, 6 April, Hett Hills HWRC will be additional days, from 9am until 6pm. It will return to its weekend only opening hours from Saturday, 7 April.

John Shannon, Durham County Council’s strategic waste manager, said: “HWRCs opening longer from 1 April enables residents more opportunity to use the sites to dispose of waste and recycle household materials.

“Also, we’re once again opening Hett Hills HWRC on additional days during the Easter period as we know recycling centres are busy during this time. This will give people flexibility to dispose of their waste.”

Details of all HWRCs, including locations and opening hours, are available at

Residents who are planning to visit a HWRC in a van, trailer, mini-bus or pick-up will need to apply for a free waste permit in advance. Save time and apply online at or by calling 03000 26 0000.

Commercial waste produced by businesses and landlords is not accepted at HWRCs and must be disposed of by a registered waste carrier. Further details can be found at