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What goes in your bins and boxes

Grey general waste bin

For household rubbish that we don't collect for recycling.

This is re-processed to recover the energy from the waste. The contents are sorted, dried and then turned into a refuse-derived fuel.

No thanks

Hazardous waste (including gas bottles, paint and chemicals, clinical waste, syringes).

Building waste, rubble and trade waste.

Green garden recycling bin

For green garden waste. This includes grass clippings, weeds, shrub prunings, flowers, plants, fallen leaves, branches up to finger width and small Christmas trees.

We can't take overflowing green bins or extra bags of garden waste. You can take any extra garden waste to your local recycling centre.

No thanks

Kitchen and food waste like peelings, egg shells or used tea bags can't go in your green bin but can be composted. Cumbria County Council offer discounted food waste and compost bins. Food waste requires specialist processing, which is not available in South Lakeland or the surrounding area.

Branches more than finger width, soil and stones, treated wood or trade waste for recycling or disposal.

Blue recycling boxes

For recycling paper and card, glass bottles and jars.

Please ensure that paper and card is put in a separate box from glass bottles and jars. We will not collect any boxes that have a mix of card, paper and glass in them.

Paper and card should be clean and dry. We collect newspapers, magazines, junk mail, leaflets, greetings cards, brochures and soft-back catalogues, telephone directories, envelopes and card.

Glass bottles and jars should be rinsed.

If you would like an extra box for your recycling please contact us. We can deliver an extra box so that paper and card can be recycled in separate boxes.

If your recycling is not collected you will usually find a card from our team telling you why and what you need to do about it. You can sort out the issue and we will pick up your boxes at the next collection date.

Your paper, card and glass is sent directly for recycling and can be reprocessed within days of being collected.

No thanks

Tetra Pak drink cartons, coffee cups, paper towels or tissues. Tetrapak cartons and coffee cups will contaminate the paper and card that has been collected as they have layers that must be separated before recycling.

Sheet glass, broken glass or light bulbs.

Blue recycling bag

For recycling plastic bottles, pots (but not flower pots), tubs and trays. Also cans and aluminium foil.

Black plastic trays should be placed in your grey bin as they can cause problems during the recycling process.

Please rinse and squash your plastic containers, cans and foil. The items you recycle must be empty.

No thanks

Plastic bags, flower pots. These are made from plastics that need specialist recycling.

Rubbish we don't collect from your home

Find out how you can deal with items that we don't collect from your home, at our local tips and recycling banks

Bin collection days

Find out when your bins are collected

Additional recycling services

If you have an item of bulky waste like a sofa or fridge please check our large household items collection page.

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