Press Release 14 September 2015

HWRCs to move to winter opening hours

Durham County CouncilWinter opening hours are due to come into effect at County Durham’s household waste recycling centres from October. Durham County Council is advising residents to check opening times at their local sites before visiting.

The winter opening hours will be in place from 1 October 2015 until 31 March 2016.

Thornley, Coxhoe and Horden’s centres will be open Monday to Thursday between 10am and 4pm, closed Fridays, and from 9am until 3.30pm on weekends and Bank Holidays.

HWRCs at Annfield Plain, Potterhouse Lane, Tudhoe, Seaham, Heighington Lane, Romanway and Middleton-in-Teesdale will be open seven days a week between 9am and 3.30pm.

Sites at Hett Hills and Stainton Grove will open on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 9am until 3.30pm.

Meanwhile, the mobile recycling centre in Frosterley, which serves residents in the Weardale area, is available on alternate Saturdays from 9am until 12pm on the following dates in 2015:

• 19 September
• 3, 17, 31 October
• 14, 28 November
• 12 December
From 2016:
• 2, 16, 30 January
• 13, 27 February
• 12, 26 March
• 9, 23 April
• 7, 21 May
• 4, 18 June
• 2, 16, 30 July
• 13 August

Located just off the A689 in Frosterley, the site is a non-waste permit scheme facility and accepts a range of items for recycling.

All HWRCs will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, Durham County Council, said: “Household waste recycling centres are an extension of household recycling facilities and provide the perfect solution to dispose of larger items free of charge.

“Everyone has a personal responsibility in ensuring they manage their waste legally and these centres can help you do that.”

Waste produced by businesses (commercial waste) is not accepted at household waste recycling centres. Business waste must be disposed of legally at an appropriate licensed facility or by arranging a commercial waste collection. For more information on business waste collections visit or call 03000 262 660.

People can find details of their nearest site and the opening hours at or by calling 03000 261 000.