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.
Trade waste, hazardous waste (including gas bottles, paint and chemicals, clinical waste, syringes), building waste and rubble.
Green garden waste 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.
Green bin collections will be suspended from 13 December until 14 January. In the meantime, green waste can go to Cumbria County Council's tips.
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.
Branches more than finger width, soil and stones, treated wood or trade waste for recycling or disposal.
Food waste requires specialist processing, which is not available in South Lakeland or the surrounding area.
For recycling paper and card, glass bottles and jars.
These include newspapers, magazines, junk mail, leaflets, greetings cards, brochures and soft-back catalogues, telephone directories, envelopes and card.
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. If your recycling is not collected for this reason you can re-sort it and we will pick it up at the next collection date.
Paper and card should be clean and dry. Glass bottles and jars should be rinsed.
Your paper, card and glass is sent directly for recycling and can be reprocessed within days of being collected.
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.
For recycling plastics bottles, pots, tubs and trays, cans and aluminium foil.
Please rise and squash your plastic containers, cans and foil. Containers must be empty.
Plastic bags, flower pots. These are made from plastics that are not in daily use and require specialist recycling.
Bin collection days
Additional recycling services
If you have an item of bulky waste like a sofa or fridge please check our Large household items collection page.
Find out how to recycle items that we don't collect from your home at local recycling banks and household recycling centres.