If you’re thinking of having a good clear out this Christmas or you know there’ll be lots of Christmas rubbish to get rid of, you might be glad to know a County Durham waste centre will be opening extra hours.

Hett Hills Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) will have longer opening hours over the festive period to relieve pressure on other waste centres.

The Hett Hills Centre is usually only open at weekends and on bank holidays. But between Monday 23rd December and Sunday 5th January, the centre will be open every day from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm.

It will only be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

When the Christmas period is over, the centre will go back to its usual opening hours of 9.00 am to 3.30 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.

Durham County Council’s strategic manager for waste, John Shannon, said, “Our waste sites get very busy during the Christmas period.”

“We’ve made special arrangements to keep Hett Hills open for additional hours, which we hope will help reduce traffic and queuing at the nearby Annfield Plain and Potterhouse Lane HWRCs.”

For details of County Durham’s HWRCs, their locations and opening hours, please go to http://www.durham.gov.uk/hwrc.

Residents should note that if they plan to go to a HWRC in a van, pickup or minibus – or with a trailer – they should first apply for a free waste permit. You can make your application quickly and easily by going to http://www.durham.gov.uk/householdpermit, but you will need a new permit for each visit you make.

People should also note that most HWRCs do not accept commercial waste from businesses or landlords. Trade waste, however, can be disposed of at Stainton Grove in Teesdale if it is delivered by registered waste carriers.

More information about how to dispose of commercial waste and how to register as a waste carrier can be accessed at http://www.durham.gov.uk/commercialwaste.

(Featured image courtesy of Doc Searls from Flickr Creative Commons)


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