Coronavirus: Household Waste and Recycling Centres

Coronavirus: Household Waste and Recycling Centres

Our three Household Waste and Recycling Centres are open with social distancing rules in place. 

There are no changes to covid related site operations after 19 July 2021. We are keeping our rules in place to keep visitors and staff safe.

This includes social distancing,  photo ID and address checks, along with the "odds and evens" system for access, with entry linked to the date and the last number of your vehicle registration. 

The permit system for larger vehicles has been changed and these vehicles can now access the Brunswick site on Mondays and Thursdays, in line with the "odds and evens" system. 

The sites have a number of measures in place to ensure social distancing, reduce the spread of Covid-19, and keep both staff and visitors safe.  Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below for more details.

 

What is the Odds Evens Entry system?

To minimise queues, entry to our sites is linked to the date and the last number of your vehicle registration.  

How the entry system works

To make the new system as easy as possible to understand cars with an odd last number – that is 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 – will be able to visit on odd numbered days, for example the 1st, 3rd, 11th or 27th of the month.

Residents with cars with even numbered plates – that’s those ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 – can visit on even numbered days, eg the 2nd, 4th, 16th or 30th.

This system is already in place in neighbouring council areas and has seen the queues to enter HWRCs cut in half, saving visitors time and improving the flow of vehicles.

 

Recycling centre Covid-19 rules

You must be a resident of Newcastle upon Tyne to use our Byker, Walbottle or Brunswick sites.

If you live in a different area please see your local council's website for details of where you can dispose of your waste.

If visiting you must comply with our site rules, and know that if you do not, then your ability to use the site may be revoked.

We will not tolerate any abuse towards our staff.

What are the changes for permit users?

From Monday 2 August larger vehicles, trailers and vans will be able to use the WasteBot permit system to access the Brunswick site only  on Mondays and Thursdays and  still must abide by the odds evens registration rules.

As per the Brunswick site rules no rubble, DIY waste or soil  is accepted.  White goods cannot be disposed of at this site.

The Brunswick site is open 8am - 6pm all year round (except Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve when sites close at 4pm)

Vans with permits arriving at Walbottle or Byker will be turned away.

Visiting a HWRC

  • Sort your waste before you travel – Ensure your waste is correctly sorted before visiting to help minimise your time spent on site.
  • Make sure you have the right ID  – Visitors will have to show both a passport or other photo ID and a recent council tax or utility bill to be allowed in. A photocard driving licence with address on is acceptable on its own. If you do not live in Newcastle then you will be turned away. 
  • Cars only at Walbottle and Byker, Vans at Brunswick - the permit scheme for larger vehicles, including cars with trailers, is only in use at Brunswick. Larger vehicles will not be allowed at Walbottle and Byker until further notice.  
  • Only one person can get out of the vehicle to unload on site  - Any passengers must always remain in the vehicle at all times. Directional arrows to be followed.
  • Maximum queue length The queue will be capped at 45 minutes at Walbottle and Brunswick, and 30 minutes at Byker. If the queue to enter is already that long visitors may be asked to leave and return at another time.
  • Stay in your car – Visitors should not leave their vehicles while waiting to enter a HWRC.
  • Pedestrians - As usual there will be no pedestrian access.

On site rules

  • Regular temporary closures - Sites will be closed for 10 minutes each hour to enable cleaning. At other times it may be necessary to close for a short period to allow for skips to be emptied, moved or compacted.
  • Parking – All visitors must park in the bays provided. There are additional waiting spaces within the sites at Walbottle and Byker to take vehicles off the highway.
  • Time limit - Residents will be allowed 10 minutes to enter, dispose of their waste and exit the HWRC. All visitors must leave when requested by staff.
  • Social distancing - Visitors must follow the walking routes indicated
  • Heavy items – Staff will not be able to assist residents with heavy items or any unloading due to social distancing requirements.
  • Last entry - Last entry to HWRCs will be at 5.45pm, with no exceptions.

Opening Times

All are now operating their summer opening hours. For full details please see our general Household Waste and Recycling Centres page.

From 1 April 2021 Brunswick Household Waste recycling centre will have a change of closing hours:

  • Open 8am - 6pm all year round (except Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve when sites close at 4pm)

Byker is open: 

  • 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)

Walbottle is open:

  • 1 April to 30 September: open every day 10am - 8pm
  • 1 October to 31 March: open every day 10am - 6pm from  (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. 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 vehicles with permits is one hour before closing.

Please bear these time restrictions in mind if attempting to visit a site late in the evening.

Coronavirus waste

Any resident showing symptoms should not attempt to access a HWRC and follow Government guidelines on self isolation.

If you have rubbish from a household where someone is suspected of having had COVID19, please double bag potentially affected items, such as cloths, tissues and masks, and leave for 72 hours before disposal in your green general waste bin or at a HWRC.

If you cannot visit a recycling centre

If you are unable to visit one of our recycling centres we would ask that you continue to store or dispose of your waste responsibly.

In order to help reduce pressure on the sites we are offering a temporary 25% discount on bulky collections.

The discount will be applied when you check out and confirm your booking. You can book and pay via our online forms.

 

 

Did you know?

In order to help reduce pressure on the sites we are offering a temporary 25% discount on bulky collections.

The discount will be applied when you check out and confirm your booking. You can book and pay here.

Need more information?

If you have any questions about this please call 0191 2787878 and ask for "Your Local Services."

Please note that lines may be busy.

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