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.

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.


Newcastle City Council’s recycling centres at Brunswick, Byker and Walbottle have a number of measures in place to ensure social distancing, reduce the spread of Covid-19, and keep both staff and visitors safe. 

Also, 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • ID requiredVisitors 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 - the permit scheme for larger vehicles, including cars with trailers, is suspended. Larger vehicles will not be allowed until further notice.  We will notify you when permits are back in operation.
  • 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

  • Reduced capacity – Only five vehicles will be allowed on site at any one time at Walbottle and Brunswick, with four on site at Byker. There will be a managed process of entry and exit.
  • 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 and, if a skip is in use, wait in one of the marked areas.
  • 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.


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.

You can arrange a paid for bulky waste collection on 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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