All 12 of the main Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in County Durham will reopen on May 18th. The council will also resume its bulky waste goods collections from this day.
Please be considerate. There may be more demand than can easily be catered for so initially at lease please only take waste to HWRCs if it cannot be stored safely at home and no alternative disposal options are available.
Sites are expected to be extremely busy once the HWRCs reopen. There may be traffic management schemes where necessary. To ensure social distancing, people will be asked to keep two metres apart at all times and a limited number of cars will be allowed on site at a time. We’re all going to have to be patient!
No lifting assistance will be available from staff on site so you may want to take a passenger from the household if required. We will also be asked to wash our hands before and after our visit.
As before, waste permits will be needed for vehicles other than cars. These can be applied for on the council’s website.