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Baby items
Babies and toddlers don`t need their clothes for very long. And they are usually in excellent condition when they are outgrown. If you don`t know any new or expectant mothers to pass them on too, why not donate them to a local charity shop (for full list, consult the Yellow Pages).
Don`t forget that real nappies are the environmental choice that can save you money.

Batteries - car
Car batteries may be taken to your Household Waste Recycling Centre. Scrap metal merchants also accept car batteries (for details, see Yellow Pages). Do handle with care. Car batteries contain acid. You can also ask the garage to take back the old one when you purchase a new battery.

Batteries - household
From February 2010, shops selling more than 32kg of batteries a year (approx 345 x four packs of AA batteries) will have to provide battery recycling collection facilities in-store. This means there will be lots of places where you can take old batteries for recycling

Beverage cartons (Tetrapaks)
These can be recycled at some Recycle Points.

Bicycles
These can be taken to you local Household Waste Recycling Centre. Bousteads and Brampton donate the bicycles to a reuse organisation called ReBike, www.rebikecumbria.co.uk/ or they can be directly donated to ReBike at their sites located at Water Street, Carlisle or Clayflatts Industrial Estate, Workington. Telephone: 01229 268026

Blankets
Charity shops collect old blankets and duvets. (for full list, consult the Yellow Pages)

Boat flares
Boat flares are not considered to be household waste. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency currently provide storage facilities at 18 locations around the UK. Unfortunately Cumbria doesn`t have a storage facility for boat flares. Please contact Colin Brown for further information (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre on 0151 931 3341 or 01519 316625).

Boilers, household
Household boilers of a typical size are accepted on sites.

Books
Charity shops collect second-hand books (for full list, consult the Yellow Pages). A few of the Household Waste Recycling Centres and Recycling Points also have book banks.

Bric a brac
Charity shops are always on the look out for crockery, pictures, ornaments etc. You may not like something or have use for it anymore but there is a good chance someone else will. Alternatively have a go at a car boot sale and see how much you make.

Bricks
Bricks and rubble can be taken to any of the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Building and Renovation waste
Reasonable amounts of building & renovation type waste will need to be placed in the appropriate signed skip. Gypsum and plasterboard waste is required to be separated and placed in the correct skip. For guidance please telephone the helpline 0845 055 1118

Bulky household waste
Your local District or Borough Council may operate a collection service for items such as tables, chairs, beds, fridges and freezers. Most items can also be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre free of charge.

Buttons
These can be given to charity shops. (for full list, consult the yellow pages)

If you have a question about resources or recycling in Cumbria call our helpline on  0300 003 1118
or email us at  info@recycleforcumbria.org