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Fireworks could be classed as household waste but only in small quantities and can be taken to your local Recycling Centres. Larger quantities would be classed as commercial waste. For larger quantities, please be advised to contact the merchandiser for advice on disposal.

Fly tipping
Fly tipping is any waste that has been unlawfully left in a public area. It is a serious offence to fly tip and reports will be investigated.
Reports of fly tipping should be made to the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.

Please let the Environment Agency know of the location of the fly tipping and type of land involved, it may be on farmland, a sports field or in a lay-by for example. Also tell them the type and amount of waste involved, and if you see a vehicle try to give them a description and the registration number.

It is possible that fly tipped waste may include hazardous or dangerous materials. Please do not touch the waste, or open any bags or containers.

Please dispose of all waste properly and legally.

Foam/polystyrene chips
Reuse where possible i.e. for packaging or beanbags. Otherwise dispose of in the household bin.

i.e. Food Trays, Milk Tops, NOT foil wrapped crisp packets.
Recycle clean foil by taking it to your Household Waste Recycling Centre or some Recycle Points. These can be recycled in either dedicated foil banks or the can banks.

Save packaging where possible by buying loose food. A great deal of food is wasted through buying and preparing too much, prevent waste by planning weekly menus, preparing suitable quantities, freezing excess food and compost raw vegetables and scraps. If you make too much food one evening why not heat it up for tomorrows lunch. Unavoidable cooked food waste can be hot composted at home in a Food Waste Digester

Foriegn currency
Various charities will accept unwanted foreign cons. It is best to contact your local charity to find out. There are websites such as leftovercurrency.com that can take your unwanted curency and donate to charity for you.


There are many organisations out there that will take items away, you can donate to charity shops or other worthwhile causes. You could also make use of your local Freecycle or Freegle group. You can donate items or even pick up something useful that you may have been looking for yourself. Both organisations ask you to join up for free to a local group or groups.

Fridges and freezers
If still in good working order you can donate to a Cumbrian Furniture Reuse Organisation. If not, your local District or Borough Council may operate a collection service for items such as fridges and freezers. They can also be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

If your furniture is still in a good state of repair, there are a number of furniture reuse centres around Cumbria. Your local district or borough Council may operate a collection service for items such as tables, chairs, beds, etc. Most items can also be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

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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