Recycling provision in Windermere to change

Last Updated: 17 September 2021

17 September 2021

Householders in Windermere and the surrounding area are being alerted to an upcoming change of recycling provision in the area.

Booths supermarket car park has hosted recycling banks for card, paper and plastic since the store was opened in 1986 – but there will be no recycling facilities there after 30 September.

Booths has given notice that the company requires the area back for its original intention as parking spaces. South Lakeland District Council would like to thank Booths for supporting recycling in the district for more than 30 years.

The majority of items which could be recycled at Booths can also be recycled kerbside in people's household blue bins and boxes.

Your blue bags are for:

  • plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • shampoo, toiletry and detergent bottles
  • food trays and fruit punnets
  • steel and aluminium cans, food tins and clean aluminium foil
  • jar and bottle tops.

Your paper and cardboard boxes are for:

  • newspapers and magazines
  • junk mail and leaflets,
  • greetings cards,
  • white office paper
  • brochures and soft-back catalogues
  • telephone directories
  • envelopes
  • wrapping paper
  • flattened card and other food boxes
  • flattened cardboard packaging and corrugated cardboard.

Your second blue box is for glass bottles and jars – not sheet glass, broken glass or lightbulbs

Residents can request extra blue bags or boxes if required.

The recycling banks around the district are for domestic recycling and are designed to be used for materials that will fit through the slots provided. Larger items should be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).

Businesses, including holiday lets, bed and breakfasts and so on, are reminded that they should make provision for the collection of their recycling through a trade waste contractor.

Residents are being reminded that there is a recycling site in Windermere at Broad Street, and also a Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Rothay Holme, Ambleside.

The HWRC at Rothay Holme, run by Cumbria County Council, is open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm. It takes: wood and timber, hardcore and rubble, plastics, scrap metal, used engine oil, car batteries, garden waste, books, cardboard, mixed textiles and clothes, batteries, fluorescent tubes, large and small appliances, televisions and monitors, fridges and freezers, gas bottles, household and garden chemicals, compact discs and paint.