Garden wastegarden waste recycling

We provide a fortnightly collection service for your green garden waste. It is collected in a large green bin and collected just like normal waste.

Christmas Trees

Please put your Christmas Tree out with your normal next green bin collection. Check the bin collection dates.

What can I put in my garden bin?

Any garden green waste is welcome - grass cuttings, branches, leaves, dead flowers etc. Shake as much soil off as possible. If the bin is too heavy it may break and end up in the back of the lorry.

Please don't bag the waste up - any plastic will contaminate the waste.

Please don't include kitchen and vegetable waste. This is because we are not allowed to accept this due to measures introduced in the wake of the Foot and Mouth crisis. You can compost your peelings in a compost bin. More information on home composting is available below including a leaflet on discounted composters.

I have a big garden can I have more than one garden bin?

Of course. Householders with large gardens can have more than one garden bin.  These bins will be given free of charge. Call us on the number shown.

Home composting

Home composting is a good way of reducing biodegradable waste (or waste that rots down). The type of material you can put into a home compost bin is vegetable peelings, fruit, tea bags, as well as other garden waste such as grass and leaves if you are not yet part of the garden waste recycling scheme.  This waste normally goes into your rubbish bin and gets sent to landfill for disposal.  By making home compost you can reduce this as well as generating a product that can be used as a soil conditioner in your own garden.

Composting offer for Allerdale residents

Allerdale residents can take advantage of an initiative from Cumbria County Council which offers home composters at a discounted rate.

I have a lot of waste, where else can I recycle it?

If you've had a busy weekend, you can also take garden waste to the Household Waste Recycling Centres which are run by Cumbria County Council.

Downloadable Documents

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