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Bins and Recycling

Carlisle City Council provide householders with either a grey refuse wheelie bin or seagull proof sack for household waste, a garden waste bin, kerbside recycling boxes (for tins and cans and glass bottles and jars) and recycling bags for plastics (in one bag) and cardboard, cartons and paper (in one bag).

  Bins and Recyling FAQ

Garden Waste

Garden waste

Garden waste is collected from the kerbside every fortnight (every six weeks in winter) and recycled into environmentally friendly nutrient-rich compost. The compost is sold wholesale to A W Jenkinson Forest Products in Penrith. 

We no longer offer addtitional garden waste bins.  Alternatively home compost bins are available from just £7 (excluding delivery, while stocks last).  You can also take additional garden waste to a Household Waste Recycling Centre (Rome Street, Carlisle or Townfoot Industrial Estate, Brampton). 

Find out if you are part of the garden waste recycling scheme. Your calendar will only show what recycling is available to you.

What can go in my garden waste wheeled bin?

Yes please Please Do Not deposit
  • Grass clippings 
  • Plants and flowers
  • Leaves
  • Hedge prunings
  • Small branches
  • Twigs
  • REAL Christmas trees chopped up to fit into the bin
  • Weeds
  • Ash
  • Kitchen waste
  • Food waste
  • Stones, rubble and soil
  • Pet waste
  • Garden chemicals
  • Vacuum cleaner contents

Please do not overfill your bin as our equipment may not be able to lift it (max 100kg).  Make sure the lid is closed to prevent water getting in.

Kitchen Food Waste

We cannot accept food waste in the Garden Waste bin due to the Infectious Diseases Act legislation (external link) following Foot and Mouth disease. We compost our waste in large open heaps known as 'windrows' and any kitchen waste that may have come into contact with meat products (for example, if cut up on the same chopping board), may spread airborne disease.

It is legal to put kitchen food waste into a home composting bin. Food waste digesters are available at discounted proces, orders can be placed from the Great Green Systems website,

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