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Don't be rubbish this Christmas

Published on 10 December 2019

Don't be rubbish this Christmas

Carlisle City Council is urging residents not be rubbish this Christmas.

Nearly four tonnes of rubbish were fly-tipped at Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s and other recycling bring sites over the festive period last year. Rubbish included refuse bags, oversized cardboard boxes and a wheelchair.

The City Council is warning against dumping excess recycling and rubbish next to the recycling collection points. Enforcement officers will be patrolling the bring sites throughout the festive period and CCTV may be operation at some of the sites.

Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and punishable by an unlimited fine and up to five years imprisonment if convicted in Court. An on the spot fixed penalty of up of £400 can also be issued.

Residents are asked to dispose of their excess waste in a responsible way. Cumbria County Council manages the district’s household waste recycling centred, their opening times are:

  • Household Waste Recycling Centre, Bousteads Grassing, Rome Street, Carlisle

Open: 8am - 6pm, seven days a week, except Wednesday 25 December, Thursday 26 December and Wednesday 1 January.

  • Brampton Household Waste Recycling Centre, Townfoot Industrial Est, Brampton

Open: 10am to 6pm, (every day except Tuesday) closed Wednesday 25 December, Thursday 26 December and Wednesday 1 January.

Carlisle City Council spokesperson said:

“Although we pick up recycling from our recycling sites on a more regular basis over the festive period - in some cases every day - the collection points can be extremely busy and cages at supermarkets can fill up fast, particularly on Boxing Day. We urge residents to be patient and not to dump their excess recycling or refuse. Even if they are recyclable material if they are put next to recycling cages or bins, they are classed as fly-tipping and a fine could be issued. We’ll be increasing our patrols of the sites and CCTV may be operation.”

To find what you can recycle at Carlisle recycling sites, visit

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