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As from Monday 17 September 2018 Brunswick Household Waste recycling centre will no longer be accepting rubble due to changes in operation.

Your alternative sites for disposal for Newcastle Residents only are Walbottle and Byker

Current status: Please check our twitter page for recent status on this site.

Brunswick Industrial Estate
Sandy Lane
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE13 7BA
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Current status: Please check our twitter page for recent status on this site.

Glasshouse Street off Walker Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
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Current status: Please check our twitter page for recent status on this site.

Walbottle Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE15 8HY
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Opening times

All Household Waste Recycling Centres are open every day of the year except 25 December and 1 January. For your safety we do not allow pedestrian access to the sites.

  • 1 April to 30 September: open every day 8am - 8pm
  • 1 October to 31 March: open every day 8am - 6pm (except Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve when sites close at 4pm)

Please be aware that all three Household Waste Recycling Centres must close on the hour (6pm in winter, or 8pm in summer).

In order to have sites cleared and gates locked on the hour, last entry for small loads in cars is 15 minutes before closing; last entry for large loads in cars is 30 minutes before closing; last entry for vans is one hour before closing. Please bear these time restrictions in mind if attempting to visit a HWRC late in the evening.

Changes to HWRCs to improve recycling, segregation, site safety and management of non-domestic waste

The household waste recycling centres provide a recycling and waste disposal facility for Newcastle residents only. It is illegal for businesses to dispose of waste at this site, it is also not permissible for non-residents to use HWRC sites. 

We are introducing some new rules to ensure fair usage of each site and to manage the issue of contaminated recycling. These include restrictions of very large vehicles and a free permit scheme for residents who drive a van or a car towing a trailer, a vehicle with commercial branding or sometimes use a hire vehicle. Our priority is to the safety of residents and staff and the ongoing sustainability of each site.

The vehicle restrictions include any vehicle over 2m high, over 6m long, exceeding 3.5 tonne weight and trailers exceeding 3m. We have made these changes because vehicles over a certain size are causing significant operational problems, contaminating recycling and can potentially carry large volumes of commercial waste. Any 2m high vans with roof racks will be considered a modification to the vehicle and we would therefore request that the roof rack is removed prior to entering the site to enable access below the height barrier.

The free permit scheme is being administered through technology on a mobile phone called ‘waste bot’, which is much easier and responsive for residents to use.  The ‘waste bot’ permit scheme is already live and is receiving positive feedback from residents.

The height restriction barriers are planned to come into effect from 19 March 2018. All current HWRC users of restricted vehicles are receiving a waste bot message in advance.

Site restrictions

For safety and reduce site congestion, the following vehicles are not allowed on site:

  • Vehicles over 2m high
  • Vehicles over 6m long
  • Vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes
  • Trailers exceeding 3m (including the tow bar)
  • Dropside vans and Tipper/Flatbed vans

Please note that from Monday (19 March 2018) height restriction barriers will be implemented at all three of our Household Waste Recycling Centres. Vehicles over 2m high won't be able to access any of the sites, as they don't conform with Vehicle Permit Terms and Conditions.

Routine site closures

When a mixed waste container fills, waste needs to be compacted into a smaller number of storage containers. The process of moving the compacter takes about 15 minutes and our sites must close temporarily to allow this to happen safely. We try to keep closures to a minimum and we ask for our customers' understanding when this occurs. 

Adverse weather

Site staff will always endeavour to keep the sites open in adverse weather. However, sites may close if conditions become dangerous. If conditions are bad, and you would like to find out in advance if a site is open, please contact Envirocall on 0191 278 7878 and ask for 'Recycling'.

Accepted materials

Apart from asbestos (contact Envirocall for further information), our three centres accept all household waste (no trade waste permitted). The sites are for the use of Newcastle residents only.

Most waste is sent for recycling. Non-recyclable waste (e.g. mixed waste in a black bag) is accepted for disposal at landfill.

You may find it easier to separate your waste prior to arriving at site. Please ask a site attendant if you require any assistance.

What do sites accept for recycling? Walbottle Brunswick Byker
Batteries (domestic) Yes Yes Yes
Batteries (vehicle) Yes Yes Yes
Books Yes Yes Yes
Cans Yes Yes Yes
Cardboard Yes Yes Yes
Carpets Yes Yes Yes
Cartons (Tetrapak, etc.) Yes Yes Yes
CDs/DVDs Yes Yes Yes
Electrical and electronic equipment Yes Yes Yes
Fluorescent tubes and low energy bulbs Yes Yes Yes
Fridges Yes No No
Garden vegetation Yes Yes Yes
Gas cylinders/ bottles Yes Yes Yes
Glass bottles and jars Yes Yes Yes
Newspaper/magazines/phone books Yes Yes Yes
Oil (motor/engine oil) Yes Yes Yes
Oil (vegetable oil) Yes Yes Yes
Plastic bottles Yes Yes Yes
Plasterboard Yes Yes Yes
Rubble and soil Yes Yes Yes
Textiles Yes Yes Yes
Timber Yes Yes Yes
Televisions and monitors (CRTs) Yes Yes Yes
White goods/domestic appliances (not including fridges) Yes Yes


Animal waste

Please note we do not accept animal waste of any kind at any of our three centres.

Newcastle residents with commercial vehicles

If you wish to access a site with household waste, but are using a commercial type vehicle or a trailer, you will need to apply for a permit beforehand. For further information, please visit our household waste permit page.

Trade waste

Trade waste is not accepted at any Household Waste Recycling Centre. Anyone found depositing trade waste will be prosecuted. To find a registered trade waste disposal point please consult the commercial waste section of

Local recycling points

Recycling points are situated in locations such as supermarket car parks. At the recycling points you will find a small number of recycling containers for the more commonly used materials such as glass, clothing and newspaper. They do not accept general waste for disposal. Visit Recycle Now to use your post code to find your nearest recycling point.

Page last updated: 
11 September 2018
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