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Landfill sites

Some Councils still send waste to Landfill sites, but there are less and less of these that have space. In Cumbria your general household waste is NOT sent to landfill, but instead is processed through one of our two Waste Treatment Plants. Further items that can be recovered for recycling and reuse are taken out and the remains are turned into a Refuse Derived Fuel which is used by industries such as cement works instead of burning fossil fuels in their furnaces, or for electriciy generaton. Our Waste Treatment Plants.

Lightbulbs
Incandescent/traditional luminaries, halogen and filament bulbs can be put into general waste. Fluorescent tubes, CFL`s (energy saving), HID (metal halide), LED`s and neon bulbs all require recycling. Ask attendants at Household Waste Recycling Centres for advice / direction on correct container to put them in. Try switching to low energy alternatives which save you money in the long term and create less waste.

Loft Insulation
Reasonable amounts of loft insulation are accepted at Household Waste Recycling Centres. NB:- Insulation must be bagged and sealed to prevent loose fibres escaping prior to arriving at the site. For guidance please telephone the helpline 0300 003 1118

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