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Recycle your cans in your Kerbside Recycling collection or at any Household Waste Recycling Centre or some Recycle Points. There is no need to sort the aluminium cans from the steel ones. It doesn`t matter whether it`s a drinks can, a food can or a pet food can.

Car air bags
Car air bags are explosive devices. These are trade waste items covered by the End of Life Vehicles Directive. Dismantling should only be done at a premises permitted under ELV (eg Scrap Yards)

Cardboard & card packaging
Card can be recycled in yor Kerbside Recycling collection or taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre and some Recycle Points . Large cardboard sheets are useful in the garden as a weed suppressing mulch when covered with compost. Shredded cardboard also makes great animal bedding.

Carpets can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centres at Bousteads Grassing (Carlisle), Flusco (Penrith), Clay Flatts (Workington) an Canal Head (Kendal). Try to ensure the grippers are removed.

Carrier bags
These can be recycled at some of the major supermarkets. The best thing though it to reuse them as often as possible and in as many different ways as possible. Please do not put carrier bags in with your kerbside recycing as they are not generally accepted at present.

Catalogues can be recycled in paper banks at all Household Waste Recycling Centres, some Recycling Point Sites and also through your kerbside collection schemes.

You can generally recycle your CDs through your local charity shop. See our Charity Shop and Reuse Map

Can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. Please take care when disposing of ceramics. Gloves are advisable.

Cesspits and septic tanks
There are a number of companies offering services related to septic tanks and cesspits in the county. Please see the telephone directory for details.

Charity shops
Most charity shops will accept books, clothes, bric a brac, records, shoes, tapes and toys. A few will take other items. For a list of charity shops in Cumbria see our Charity Shop and Reuse Map

Chemicals - Household
For advice on disposing household chemicals please contact the helpline 0300 003 1118
If the container contents are unknown or marked with any of the following list then contact the helpline: Dangerous when wet, spontaneously combustible, organic peroxide, readily combustible or oxidising agents

Christmas cards
Recycle your Christmas cards in the card bank at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or some Recycle Points or give them to the Woodland Trust at Tesco and WHSmith. You could even keep them for next year and make gift tags out of them.

Christmas wrapping paper

    Please check with your local District Council if they will accept Christmas wrapping paper for recycling - many will NOT take ANY at all as Wrapping paper made with foil can`t be recycled and is often put in by mistake.

      If you`re not sure try this test -if you squeeze your wrapping paper and it remains scrunched into a ball then it`s paper and can be recycled! Remember to remove bows, sticky tape and ribbon before you recycle. Please check your local kerbside collection arrangements though first.

        Christmas trees
        Take your Christmas tree to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre for recycling. Your Christmas tree can also be recycled via your kerbside green waste collection service if you have one available.

        Civic amenity sites
        This is the old term for Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) and are open to all residents of Cumbria. These are managed by Cumbria County Council. There are lots of recycling facilities at these centres and residents can also dispose of any household rubbish free of charge. Trade waste is not accepted at any HWRC.

        Clinical waste
        Clinical waste is mainly produced by hospitals, doctors` surgeries and veterinary practices, but also arises from residential homes, nursing homes and private households.
        Examples of clinical waste include:

        • Human or animal tissue
        • Blood
        • Syringes

        There are companies offering a service for commercial premises, please see the waste disposal services section of the Yellow Pages for more information.

        Clothes in good condition should be taken to charity shops see our Charity Shop and Reuse Map, or taken to a jumble sale. Some Household Waste Recycling Centres and Recycling Points provide clothes banks where people can deposit their unwanted usable clothes, sheets etc. Check with your local charity shop if they will accept unwearable clothes / rags.

        Commercial waste
        Any property that is commercially rated must pay for the removal of their waste by a licensed waste carrier. You can either ask your local District or Borough Council or a private waste disposal/recycling company to collect it or take it to a private waste disposal/recycling facility yourself. Consult the Yellow Pages for details.

        Composting is an excellent way to recycle garden and kitchen waste. You can make your own compost to make your garden flourish.

        Compost bins
        Home compost bin is an easy, low-cost way to dispose of organic waste. You can buy a compost bin at a discounted price through Recycle for Cumbria by telephoning 0844 571 4444
        Compost bins can also be purchased from garden centres and DIY stores at standard prices.

        Why not ask your local school if they would like a computer donated to them. Alternatively you could try contacting your local charity shop - many charities will take computers for recycling but be sure to check first. Be sure to clear your hard drive, etc. before donating your PC.
        If your computer is past the donation stage then they can be taken to most Household Waste Recycling Centres.

        Dismantled conservatories are NOT accepted at Household Waste Recycling CentresFor guidance please telephone the helpline 0300 003 1118


        If the cooker is still working, contact your local Furniture Reuse Organisation to see if they will accept it for reuse.

        Can be taken to most Household Waste Recycling Centres.

        Crisp packets
        Crisp packets are a combination of materials which makes them difficult to recycle. However Terracycle UK can take them for recycling and more and more collection points are springing up. More information at Terracycle UK

        If you have a question about resources or recycling in Cumbria call our helpline on  0300 003 1118
        or email us at  wastepermits@cumbria.gov.uk
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