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Household waste and recycling centres

Please note that the Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Beach Street is now closed. The new Pallion HWRC at Pallion Industrial Estate, SR4 6SN is now open. Please see the site location map for directions.

The household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs) at Pallion (Sunderland) and Campground (Wrekenton) are open following social distancing guidelines. 

It's simple and easy to book your appointment to use the sites.

There will be no access to the sites without a booking.

Book an appointment for Pallion HWRC

You may need to provide proof of address.

Please separate and sort your waste before you come - it will speed up your visit.

Pallion HWRC, Pallion Industrial Estate, SR4 6SN (on the former Rolls-Royce site)

Please see the site location map for directions.

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
  • Cars, car derived vans, cars with trailers (up to 3m in length) and vans are currently able to access the site. Please note vans with trailers will not be permitted
  • To manage demand, appointments are currently limited to five in a rolling 28 day period. These arrangements are subject to regular review
  • Social distances guidelines are to be followed, and staff are unable to assist the public in unloading waste from their vehicle
  • Traffic management will be in place
  • Site 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:

  • Batteries and small electricals items containing batteries
    • they can cause fires so need to be disposed of in the dedicated battery recycling bins or electricals in the correct containers. Ask a site attendant if you're not sure. They should NOT be placed in the general waste skip
    • please remove batteries from any electrical items before putting them in the correct containers
  • Vaping devices (e-cigarettes)
    • please place into the vaping recycling barrel, next to the waste electrical and electronic equipment container
  • Bagged household waste
  • Garden waste
  • Cardboard and wood, including old furniture
  • Small domestic appliances (for example, vacuum cleaners, toasters, kettles, microwaves, lawn mowers)
  • Large electrical appliances (for example cookers, ovens, washing machines, dishwashers)
  • TVs and computers
  • Small (household) fridges
  • Metals
  • Soil
  • Rubble (six bags maximum)
  • Plasterboard
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Engine and vegetable oil
  • Textiles
  • Household recycling (for example, plastic, cans, glass, paper)

These items CANNOT be accepted:

  • Hazardous waste, including asbestos

The site will be open:

1 October to 31 March

Monday to Friday - 8am to 5pm

Saturday to Sunday - 8am to 6pm

1 April to 30 September 

Daily - 8am to 6pm

Open every day except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Address: Pallion Industrial Estate, European Way, Sunderland, SR4 6SN

New Household Waste Recycling Centre


Re-use shop

St Vincent de Paul Society charity has a new, purpose-buit re-use shop on the Pallion HWRC site.

The shop is open 7 days a week from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day.

You don't need a HWRC permit if you are just visiting the shop. Find out more about this re-use charity shop.


Campground HWRC, Wrekenton

Gateshead Council's HWRCs sites are open including the facility at Campground, Wrekenton which is available for use by Sunderland residents.

A new booking system is now in place for the HWRCs in Gateshead and you will need to book an appointment before visiting the site at Campground. Find out more about the new booking system at Campground HWRC.

For more details about Campground and the restrictions in place, please see Gateshead Household Waste and Recycling Centres.

The site will be open:

1 October to 31 March

Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm

Saturday to Sunday - 9am to 6pm

1 April to 30 September 

Daily - 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

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