Sandhills Garden Waste Recycling Centre

Sandhills Garden Waste Recycling Centre

Our Sandhills shop is now open. Please follow social distancing guidelines.

Please note: We no longer offer a delivery service for soil conditioner to residents or allotments.

We have introduced a new traffic light system to our operation.  Please adhere to this when entering the site.  Please note our opening times for external contractors are as follows:

  • April to September: 8.15 – 3.30pm
  • October to March: 8:15 – 3pm.


Sandhills Reception

Sandhills is a Council-owned facility located on Walbottle Road in Newburn. Garden waste and vegetation waste is recycled at Sandhills into high quality soil conditioner which is available for purchase by trade or public customers. You can find out more about our services below.


Delivering waste vegetation (trade waste)

On Mondays to Fridays (not bank holidays) between 8:15am and 3:00pm, Sandhills accepts good quality garden and parks vegetation from business customers (for example landscapers and gardeners).

The waste vegetation must be free of rubbish such as litter, bags, soil and rubble.  The site does not accept certified compostable packaging for composting.  Vehicles with loads not meeting the quality rules will be turned away. Please note we now have a traffic light system in operation.

The waste vegetation is processed at Sandhills and turned into soil conditioner which conforms to PAS100:2018 Standards.

Disposal fee

The charge for disposing of vegetation is £36 per tonne (minimum charge £18 for all loads up to 500kg) including VAT. Accepted payment methods are debit or credit card, cheque or invoice. You don't need to notify us prior to disposal - just turn up. However, in case of payment by invoice, your details must be checked and agreed prior to your first tip.

Site safety

Our site operates to a set of site rules. Copies are available from either the weighbridge or from reception.

Shredding vegetation

All trade users going into the compost yard will need high-visibility clothing and appropriate steel toe capped footwear before they are allowed on the site. We do not supply or lend out high-visibility clothing.

Our site admits large sized bin wagons and small tippers.

To ensure everyone's safety, users must follow the site rules, you must follow any instructions from our staff and observe speed limits on site and be courteous.

Buying recycled soil conditioner for your garden

The soil conditioner produced at Sandhills can be purchased by both trade and public customers.

 one tonne

Unlimited quantities can be collected loose from site for just £12 a tonne (min half tonne/£6). However, you will need a strong trailer or open backed vehicle which we will load using our mechanical loading shovel (no self loading).

Sandhills onsite shop

Now open 5 days a week, Monday to Friday (10:00am - 2:00pm) we offer various products such as netted logs, self service soil conditioner and wood chip.

A full list of products and prices are shown below:

Netted Logs, unseasoned      


Loose soil conditioner (Example size of load is a plaster bucket)       


Loose wood chip (Example size of load is a plaster bucket)       


Plastic Bag


Pallet of Logs



Contact Sandhills

Please get in touch if you have any questions or want to book a delivery. Our office hours are Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.00pm.

Phone: 0191 278 3933

Address: Sandhills Depot, Walbottle Road, Newburn. NE15 9RU



Did you know?

Be a greener gardener and recycle your waste using our garden waste collection service. For just £40 per year, we can collect your garden waste for you.

Pay online and order a bin at the same time if you need one.

Is this page useful?
Is this page useful?