Recycling, garden and general waste bins

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Green bin collections, Coronavirus COVID-19

Last updated 7 September 2020

Fortnightly green bin collections have resumed in South Lakeland. We are appealing to residents that they only present one bin per household over the next few weeks. This will help our crews clear the high volume of green waste built-up during lockdown.

  • check your collection calendar and leave your green bin out on your next scheduled collection day
  • we will not empty bins that are too heavy for the lifting gear on the wagons
  • we will not be taking any bagged green waste left at the side of the green bin. This is to ensure that the wagons don’t fill up with extra side waste, so there’s enough capacity to be able to offer everyone a collection
  • any bagged waste will be left and the householder should put it in the emptied bin for the next collection

What to do on bin collection day

Collections are from 7am to 3pm.

  • please make sure we can get to your bins safely
  • have bins or boxes ready for collection by 7am
  • only put your bins and boxes out the evening before collection
  • collections are usually made at the boundary of your property. If you live at the end of a long private drive or lane please leave your bin near the highway please make sure your bins are not causing an obstruction
  • collect your bins or boxes as soon as possible after emptying

Missed collections

Our crews could collect your bins up until 3pm on collection day. If your bin still hasn't been collected after 3pm you can report a missed collection. We aim to collect a missed bin within two working days of receiving your report.

Please note we are not currently responding to reports of missed green bin collections. 

We will not return for grey bins or waste bags that are not left for collection. If you do not present your waste or recycling you can:

Where we have been unable to collect due to obstructions, like parked cars or road closures, we will try again later.

Report a missed collection

If you have any questions please contact us.

Request new and extra bins, recycling bags and boxes

If you live in a residential property and your bin, bags and boxes are lost or damaged you can order a replacement.

Apply for a new bin

There is a charge of £30, plus VAT, per property for the delivery of waste and recycling containers to new developments of three or more properties.

Using recycling bins, bags and boxes

  • wrap your waste to keep your grey bin clean
  • we will also collect one standard bin bag of waste with a wheelie bin
  • we will not collect bins that are overloaded by weight or volume
  • squash plastic bottles and flatten cardboard to reduce the space taken in your bins
  • rinse plastics, bottles and cans
  • use your bins, bags and boxes only for the items we will collect. We can't empty bins that have the wrong things in them. Find out what goes in your bins, bags and boxes
  • remember additional space will be required around the bin or box for opening and to allow them to be removed
  • in windy weather please ensure your bags and boxes are weighted or secured
  • the bins and boxes are the property of South Lakeland District Council. You may personalise them for your property, provided it remains clear which waste or recycling materials they contain
  • when residents move home they must leave all containers at the new property ready for the new occupant to use
  • residents are responsible for the storage, safe keeping and cleaning of the containers

Reducing your waste

If you have larger amounts of waste that cannot be recycled you may be able to reduce your waste in other ways.

Love Food Hate Waste offer advice on how to cut down on food waste and reduce your food bill.

You could also order a food waste digester at a discounted price to reduce food waste.

If you need extra recycling boxes or bags we can provide those for you. If you are recycling as much as possible and have six or more people in the house you may apply for a larger waste bin.

Please use the application form and provide the reasons for your request.

The entitlement to a larger bin is reviewed on an annual basis, and if circumstances change the extra capacity may be withdrawn.

When making a request please provide any information that may help us to help you reduce and manage your waste.

Assisted collections

If you can't take your bins or boxes to the collection point due to ill health, infirmity or disability you can request an assisted collection service:

  • the service is not available if there are any adults over the age of 18 at the address that can put the bins out
  • each application is considered on its merits and collections are subject to a bi-annual review
  • if there is a change in circumstances you must inform us as soon as possible

Apply for an assisted collection

Age UK offer help and advice for anyone aged 50 or above, or their carers, telephone 030 300 30003.

Waste collection services to charities and community organisations

Places of worship will be provided with the same service as households. There is no collection charge.

All other charities are classed as trade waste.

Unwanted bins or boxes 

Request removal of unwanted bins and boxes