Recycling, garden and general waste bins
Spring bank holiday collections
Bin collections are being made a day later than normal next week (Tuesday 28 march until Sunday 2 June), due to spring bank holiday.
If your usual collection day is on a Monday, it will be made on Tuesday instead. If normally on a Tuesday it will be on Wednesday, and so on. If your collection is on Friday 31May, there will be an extra collection on Saturday 1 June.
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
- find your bin collection day
- find out what goes in your bins and boxes
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.
We will not return for grey bins or waste bags that are not left for collection.
Where we have been unable to collect due to obstructions, like parked cars or road closures, we will try again later.
If you do not present your waste or recycling you can:
If you have any questions please contact us.
Request new and extra bins, bags and boxes
You can request a replacement 240 litre grey waste bin if it is lost or damaged.
You can request extra or replacement blue 44 litre recycling boxes or blue recycling bags. We collect paper and card and glass in the recycling boxes. You can request one box for each material.
Our recycling vehicles normally carry a stock of recycling boxes, lids and recycling bags. The crew will be happy to provide replacement or additional items on request. Extra bags can be collected from South Lakeland House in Kendal, the Coronation Hall in Ulverston and the Information Centre at the Victoria Hall in Grange-over-Sands.
You can request an additional green bin using our Request bins or recycling boxes form. This service is only for domestic customers and dependent on the stock of bins we have available. The service is free.
If you 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 find your property, especially if you live in a rural area.
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 personalize 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
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
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.