Disposal sites

Allerdale Borough Council in partnership with FOCSA Services are responsible for the collection of refuse and recycling material from households in the Borough.  

  • Refuse (from black wheelie bins) is now taken to Lillyhall for transfer to the Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant at Hespin Wood, Carlisle.
  • The plant shreds and dries the waste material, removes glass, stone and metals for recycling and turns the remaining material into fuel for concrete kilns. Organic material is also removed and used as a soil improver.
  • The plant can treat 75,000 tonnes of waste per year with approximately 40% turned into fuel, 47%  recycled and 12.5% sent to landfill. Previously all non recyclable waste was sent to landfill.
  • Together with a similar plant in Barrow the amount of waste sent to landfill in Cumbria will be reduced from 150,000 tonnes to 30,000 tonnes.

The amount of waste Local Authorities dispose of at landfill sites is now governed by Landfill Directive 31/1999.  In response to this, all Local Authorities who from now on, exceed these targets will be fined £150 per tonne for every tonne that exceeds those targets.  To find our more go to

Household Waste Recycling Sites are also run by Cumbria County Council.  There are three sites within Allerdale:

  • Syke Road, Wigton, CA7 9NG - open Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun - 8.00 - 6.00
  • Solway Road, Workington, CA14 3TT - open every day 8.00 - 6.00
  • Glasson Ind Estate, Maryport, CA15 8NT - open every day 8.00 - 6.00

These sites are for residents to recycle and dispose of domestic waste only

There is now a permit scheme in operation on these sites which you will have to obtain if you are a domestic resident and drive a van, pick-up, or flatbed or tow a large trailer. 

Commercial/trade customers are not permitted to use these sites and will not be issued permits to enter the sites. 

For more information regarding the permit scheme or to obtain a permit please call either 0845 0551118 or 01228 518129, or visit

Rules for Recycling Plasterboard, Plaster and Gypsum Wastes

The Environment Agency  guidance for the management of waste plasterboard, plaster and gypsum states that plasterboard, plaster and gypsum waste should be collected separately and sent for recovery.

This does not affect plaster attached to other waste, bricks for example, however, it does affect plaster mixed with other waste. So if plaster is not attached to other waste it should be segregated before being deposited at a Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).

This is to encourage additional recycling of these materials. In addition, if these wastes are landfilled with other waste types they can degrade, producing an odorous gas.

Due to the number of different containers required it is not possible to provide a separate container for these wastes at all Household Waste Recycling Centres. Your nearest sites with suitable facilities are:

  • Flusco HWRC near Penrith
  • Project Furness HWRC, Barrow in Furness

Details of these sites can be found at

If you have any questions regarding the provision of services for waste plasterboard or gypsum you can contact Cumbria County Council's recycling helpline on 0845 055 1118. If you have any questions regarding the new Agency guidance on these wastes you can contact the Environment Agency on 08708 506506.

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0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ