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The tip and recycling centre

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Mewburn Road, off Whessoe Road

The current opening hours of the tip and recycling centre are 8am to 4.30pm, seven days a week (except Christmas Day and New Years Day).

The tip may need to close if the weather is bad (especially in high winds). We will update the website and our social media pages with any closures (Monday to Friday during office hours) but ask residents to bear this in mind if planning to use the tip in bad weather.

Who can use the tip? 

The tip is open to residents of the borough who are dropping off waste from their home and garden. Commercial operators are not able to use the tip. See below for more details.

What is household waste? 

Household waste is the stuff you would take with you if you moved house, such as furniture, cookers, rugs, furnishings, electrical items and toys. 

Household waste can be left at the tip free of charge if you are bringing it in your car.

Who needs a permit? 

If you need to bring your household waste to the site in a commercial vehicle such as a rented van or trailer between 4-6 foot long you will need to apply for a free permit.
The reason we do this is to prevent businesses using the tip for commercial waste.

If the only vehicle you have is a van you use for business, you can still bring it the tip, so long as you get a permit first. There are some restrictions on the days and times you are able to use your permit.

I am renovating my house – can I drop off old carpets and furniture?

As long as you use a car to drop the items off you can leave them at the tip between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Sunday.

If the items are so big you need to use a commercial vehicle you will need to apply for a free permit before you visit the tip.

How do I apply for a permit? 

Call us on 01325 405111 with details of what you are bringing to the site, when you want to visit, and the make, model and registration number of your vehicle. A free permit will be produced and you can collect this from the town hall.

If you order your permit before 2.45pm it will be printed and available for you after 3pm the same day. If you order after 3pm, it will be available for you after 3pm the following day. Collect from the Town Hall, Feethams, Darlington, DL1 5QT.

To collect a permit you must bring your driving license and proof of your address, for example a council tax bill. 

If someone else will be driving or collecting the permit for you, please tell us when you order you permit. Permits will only be given to the person who applied for it or the person named on the comments as driving.

If someone else is collecting, they need to prove their ID and your proof of address.

Once you have your permit you can come to the tip in a commercial vehicle to leave your household waste. You will be asked to hand over your permit as you enter the site.

Please note: you only need a permit if you are using a commercial vehicle to drop off domestic household waste for free. You don’t need one if you are using your car. You also do not need one if the items you are taking are chargeable.

What items are accepted on a tip permit? 

Any items you would take with you if you were moving house can be taken to the tip. This includes things like furniture, cookers, rugs, furnishings, electrical items, clothes and toys. You can also take garden waste and grass cuttings.

Items that you can't take on a permit include:

  • Tyres
  • Paving slabs and roof tiles
  • Brick rubble
  • Ceramics (this includes tiles, sinks, baths and toilets)
  • Household fittings
  • Construction waste
  • Plasterboard waste
  • Soil and landscaping (general garden waste like grass clippings is okay)
  • Bonded asbestos

Anything that is part of the construction or fixtures and fittings of your house cannot be included on your permit.

How can I dispose of items the tip does not accept? 

You can still take these items to the tip but there will be a charge. These charges are set by the John Wade group and are available from them on request. Other options are:

  • Hire a skip or waste disposal bag service collection
  • Take your waste to a licensed waste disposal company or arrange for a company to collect from you.
  • Reuse the waste where possible or advertise it on websites like Freecycle or Freegle.
  • Social media pages have local sites where you can offer things for free such as unwanted rubble, top soil or wood.
  • Use our bulky waste collection service

What happens when I arrive at the tip with a permit? 

When you arrive your vehicle must be checked before you start to offload.

  • You will need to present your permit to tip staff
  • Anyone using the site without a valid permit will be refused entry
  • Your vehicle registration, make and model must match the one on your permit - if they do not match you will be refused entry to the site.

When can I access the site using a permit? 

Once you have your permit you can go to the tip on:

  • Mondays, 10am-2pm
  • Wednesdays, 10am-2pm
  • Fridays, 10am-2pm
  • Saturdays, 8am-12pm

Please note that tip permits can’t be used on public/bank holidays

What vehicles can access the tip? 

Cars do not need a permit. Some commercial vehicles are allowed if they have a permit. Larger commercial vehicles cannot enter the tip.

Vehicle types and required permits
Vehicle type Permit required?
Cars No permit required
Any commercial vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes Permit required
Car with trailer longer than 4ft but shorter than 6ft Permit required
Trailers over 6ft in length Prohibited from the site
Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes Prohibited from the site
Vehicles over 6ft in height Prohibited from the site

Please note, commercial vehicles include vans, pick-ups and mini buses, even if they have no commercial signage.

Can I still take grass cuttings and other gardening rubbish to the tip? 

Grass cuttings and gardening rubbish can be left at the tip.

Can I access the site on foot? 

The site does not have pedestrian access. There are large vehicles entering the site and it is too dangerous for pedestrians.

However, if you arrive on foot with a small amount of waste electrical equipment that is easy to carry, a member of staff will take it for you.

Only residents of Darlington are allowed to use the tip to get rid of household waste only. Anyone trying to dispose of commercial or business waste will be refused entry. This includes landlords disposing of items from rented properties.