The household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs) at Beach Street, Deptford and Campground, Wrekenton are open following social distancing guidelines.

To make sure that our facilities can operate within the guidelines, and to protect the safety of our staff and our residents, there will be restrictions in place.

Separate your waste before you come - it will speed up your visit.

You must book an appointment to use the site.

Beach Street, Deptford

The restrictions in place:

  • Anyone in self-isolation or with Covid-19 symptoms must not visit the HWRC under any circumstances
  • If any households have had Covid-19 symptoms then the waste should be left for 72 hours before being brought to site, with that waste being doubled bagged
  • You must book an appointment to use the site to help manage traffic and reduce queuing
  • Only cars, car derived vans and cars with trailers (trailers can be up to 3 meters in length) will be allowed, no large vans or commercial vehicles of any type can be accommodated on site currently to minimise time on site. To satisfy demand appointments are currently limited to 5 in a (rolling) 28 day period. These arrangements are subject to regular review.


The permit system for vans is currently suspended

  • Social distancing at two metres will be strictly enforced and staff are unable to assist the public in unloading waste from their vehicle.
  • A maximum of two adults from the same household will be allowed out of the car to unload waste, and they must remain in their drop off area.
  • Traffic management will be in place
  • Sites will be regularly cleaned
  • Proof of booking/address may be required, please display in your car windscreen
  • Residents should wash their hands before and after visiting the site and avoid touching their face

The following waste will be accepted:

  • Bagged household waste
  • Garden waste
  • Cardboard and wood, including old furniture
  • Small domestic appliances (i.e. vacuum cleaners, toasters, kettles, microwaves, lawn mowers etc)
  • TVs and computers
  • Small fridges
  • Metals
  • Soil
  • Rubble (six bags maximum)
  • Plasterboard
  • Large electrical appliances i.e. oven, washing machine
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Engine and vegetable oil
  • Textiles
  • Household recycling i.e. plastic, cans, glass, paper


For details about the Government's guidance on coronavirus and Household Waste and Recycling Centres please see Managing HWRCs in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

A booking system is in place to access the site. This will minimise waiting times and prevent the build-up of lengthy queues. Twenty minute time slots will be available with bookings available on a first come first served basis. There will be no access to the site without a booking.

Book an appointment

Due to significant roadworks in the area as part of the construction of SSTC3, traffic management arrangements will also be in place. If you have booked a visit to the site you will need to travel along Farringdon Row and join the queue at Beach Street at your allocated booking time and will need to follow strict social distancing measures while on site. See the Beach Street HWRC pre-booked appointment access map for details.

You will also need to display proof of address.


The site will be open:

1 April - 30 September 

Daily  8am to 8pm


1 October - 31 March

Monday - Friday  8am to 5pm

Saturday - Sunday 8am to 6pm


Open every day except for Christmas Day and New Years Day.


Address: Beach Street household waste and recycling centre, Deptford, Sunderland SR4 6BU


Campground, Wrekenton

Gateshead Council HWRCs sites are open including the facility at Campground, Wrekenton which is available for use by Sunderland residents. However this is expected to be very busy as well with strict social distancing measures in place and new ways of operating including the introduction of a temporary odd and even number plate system to help manage traffic and reduce queuing. 

This means you can only visit the Campground HWRC on certain days depending on your vehicle number plate. For details about this site and the restrictions in place, please see Gateshead Council's household and waste recycling centres.


The site will be open:

1 April - 30 September 

Daily  9am to 6pm


1 October - 31 March

Monday - Friday  9am to 5pm

Saturday - Sunday 9am to 6pm


Open every day except for Christmas Day.


Address: Campground household waste and recycling centre, Wrekenton, Springwell Road, Wrekenton, Gateshead NE9 7XW


Tips for visiting the recycling centre 

  • The recycling centre is accessible by vehicle only. Pedestrians are not allowed to carry waste on to site.
  • You must be a resident of Sunderland.
  • Plastic bags or bin bags can only go in the general waste skips. All other recycling must be removed from plastic bags. There are bins provided for the bags. 
  • Make sure that you put the right material into the right container - staff are on hand to help.



Plans are being made for a new HWRC in Pallion. This new site will replace the existing Beach Street site.

New Household Waste Recycling Centre