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How to use recycling containers and dispose of rubbish

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How to Recycle

Advice on how to recycle your household and garden waste using our kerbside services

What can I put in recycling bag 1?

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Paper, newspaper, greeting cards, magazines and catalogues. Cereal boxes, egg boxes and other cardboard containers (please flatten any large containers and place behind/under your green bag). Food and drink cartons (Tetrapak).

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Glittery cards, wrapping paper, wallpaper, polystyrene or face masks.

What can I put in recycling bag 2?

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Empty plastic bottles (please squash and replace tops), plastic household containers, such as shampoo bottles, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and food trays.

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No plastic film, plant pots, plastic bags (see our A-Z guide for where to recycle plastic bags), disposable gloves, bubble wrap or toys.

What can I put in my recycling box?

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Clean and empty glass bottles and jars.Clean and empty drink cans, food tins, foil trays, aerosols and jar lids.

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No pyrex, ceramics,broken glass, kitchen foil or nappies.

Did you know?

Replacement or additional bags, boxes and box covers can be ordered online or collected from the Civic Centre. In high winds, please do not leave containers out overnight to avoid littering. Extra recycling can also be taken to one of our local recycling sites. Please place all containers out by 7am.

What can I put in my garden waste bin?

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Flowers, grass and hedge clippings, leaves, plants and weeds, twigs, small branches and real Christmas trees.

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No food waste, pet waste, plastic bags (or biodegradable/corn starch bags), rubble, soil, turf or stones. Please do not overfill your bin.

How to dispose of your refuse waste

Depending where you live in Carlisle your waste may be collected in different ways, here is a guide on how to dispose of your refuse responsibly

Refuse bins

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  • Do not put additional waste out next to your bin. This may be regarded as a fly-tipping or littering offence for which you may be fined.
  • Your bin may not be emptied if the lid is not closed, if it is too heavy or there are bags of waste on top.
  • Do not put recyclable items in your bin. Use your separate recycling containers for those.
  • Do not place any rubble/building or any non-household waste materials into your bin.
  • Place your bin out by 7am on collection day (or night before - no sooner) and take back in promptly after emptying
  • If you miss your collection or have any additional waste, you can dispose of it free of charge at the Household Waste and Recycling Centres (Bousteads Grassing, Rome Street or Townfoot Industrial Estate, Brampton) -restrictions may apply.
  • Mark your house name/number on your bin.
  • None of Carlisle waste is landfilled - it is taken to a Mechanical & Biological Treatment Plant (MBT) processing facility and the small proportion of waste left after treatment is incinerated to produce energy.

Using your gull-proof sack

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  • No additional waste, builders rubble, non-household waste or recyclable materials in your gull sack. Extra refuse bags may be regarded as a fly-tipping or littering offence and you may be fined.
  • Place your gull sack out by 7am.
  • Your gull sack may not be emptied if it is overflowing.
  • Please close the lid of your gull sack and use strong refuse sacks (not carrier bags/loose waste).
  • Mark your house number on the side pocket of your gull sack and take it back in as soon as possible after emptying.
  • Extra waste can be taken free of charge to a Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

Bulky household waste: furniture, mattresses, fridge, freezers, electricals and other large items

Local reuse charities may be able to accept bulky household items if they are in a good, clean, reusable condition.

If the item is not reusable, you can take it free of charge to a Household Waste Recycling Centre. Visit www.cumbria.gov.uk for more details. 

Alternatively you can use our bulky waste collection service (chargeable service) book a collection online or call 01228 817200

Eurobins for refuse and recycling

How to dispose of your waste and how to recycle using our Shared refuse and recycling Euro bins

Shared refuse Eurobin for household waste only

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  • Do not put additional waste out next to your Eurobin. This may be regarded as a fly-tipping or littering offence for which you may be fined.
  • Your bin may not be emptied if the lid is not closed, if it is too heavy or there are bags of waste on top.
  • Do not put recyclable items in your Eurobin. Use your separate recycling Eurobins/containers for those.
  • Do not place any rubble/building materials/bulky waste into your Eurobin.
  • Extra waste can be taken free of charge to a Household Waste and Recycling Centre.
  • We may not empty your refuse eurobin if we cannot gain access due to refuse/bags left on the ground.

Shared recycling Eurobin for recycling only

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  • Some flats have separate Eurobins for recyclable materials e.g. paper, cardboard, plastic, cans, and glass.
  • Do not put additional waste, recycling or bulky waste items out next to your Eurobin as this may be regarded as a fly-tipping or littering offence for which you may be fined.
  • Eurobins may not be emptied if the lids are not closed,if it is too heavy or if incorrect items have contaminated the bins.
  • You can order recycling containers online to store your materials in but items must be separated within the Eurobins.

 Contact Details


  01228 817200

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