Easter opening times for recycling centres and rubbish tips in and

North Tyneside Waste Disposal

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It’s time to take down your Christmas tree and decorations - and the North East expects a power surge this weekend when thousands of hoovers are turned on to clear up the pine needles of a mass tree clear-out.

Most people make a visit to their local tip with the Christmas tree, as all household waste disposal and recycling centres have the facility for Christmas tree recycling. It is also a good opportunity to get rid of the Christmas packaging you accumulated on the big day, especially if you have kids.

So if you’ve gone for a real tree this year then here is a summary of where to take them for recycling in the North East.


Christmas tree recycling points will not be in operation this year. However, you can recycle real Christmas trees at your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre:

  • Brunswick - Brunswick Industrial Estate, Sandy Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE13 7BA
  • Byker - Glasshouse Street, off Walker Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1AH
  • Walbottle - Walbottle Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8HY

The centres are open every day, winter opening times (1 October to 31 March) are 8am to 6pm (except Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve when sites close at 4pm).


There are two Household Waste and Recycling centres in Gateshead, which are open during the winter (1 October to 31 March) between 8am - 5pm Monday to Friday; and 8am - 6pm Saturday to Sunday:

  • Cowen Road waste and recycling centre, Cowen Road, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 5TW
  • Campground waste and recycling centre. Springwell Road, Wrekenton, Gateshead, NE9 7XW

In addition, to disposing of household waste facilities are provided each year to convert Christmas trees into chippings which can be used as a mulch in local parks and gardens and woodlands.

Christmas tree lights

Like all small electrical items, Christmas tree lights can be recycled at our Household Waste and Recycling Centres at Wrekenton and Blaydon.

Christmas wreath


If you have a wreath made from natural materials like ivy, holly or fir tree clippings, you can compost the greenery once you have removed it from its base (provided there is no glitter) or place the greenery in your garden waste bin. The base can then be dropped into your household bin.


Glass baubles are not recyclable - if any of your glass baubles break, please wrap them carefully and dispose of in your household waste bin.

Plastic baubles are usually made from types of plastic which are not widely collected yet in the UK. Many are also covered with glitter which contaminates other recycling materials. You could donate to a local charity or dispose of through your household bin.

North Tyneside

There is one Household Waste Recycling Centre in North Tyneside, which is open during the winter (1 October to 31 March) between 8am – 8pm everyday except Christmas Day:

  • Household Waste Recycling Centre, Wallsend Road, North Shields, NE29 7SH

From January 2 until January 21, residents can take their Christmas tree to the following locations:

  • North Tyneside Council’s Killingworth site - Harvey Combe entrance, off Station Road
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre, Wallsend Road, North Shields
  • Car park adjacent to the scout hut at Briardene, Whitley Bay.

South Tyneside

You can recycle your tree from January 1 to 25 at the following South Tyneside sites:

Recycling Village, Throckley Way, Middlefields Industrial Estate, South Shields, NE34 0NU

The Recycling Village at Middlefields Industrial Estate, Tyne Dock, is open every day from 9am - 6pm over the Christmas and New Year holidays except Christmas Day.

The site will be open for extended hours of 9am - 7.30pm from Monday, December 26 until Wednesday January 4, 2017.

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