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Reduce packaging use wherever possible i.e. consider buying loose products or products with minimal, reusable or recyclable packaging.

Packed lunches
Try not to over package packed lunches. Use refillable food and drink containers, and do not include individually wrapped sweets and snacks.


Unopened paint can be taken back to the place of purchase for a refund as long as you have the receipt. Opened tins of household water based & solvent based paint can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. Plastic paint tins are not currently recyclable but will safely be disposed of.

Some paint taken to Wigton HWRC will be reused, where it is considered viable to do so.

Can be recycled using the paper banks at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or Recycling Point or using your kerbside recycling scheme if one is available.

Plastic banks are provided at some Household Waste Recycling Centre and some Recycle Points. These banks will accept the following:
yes please: food trays, margarine tubs, plastic bottles, yoghurt pots *
no thanks: plastic carrier bags, cling film, plastic wrappings
Some kerbside recycling scheme also accept plastic.

* Please note that only plastic bottles are accepted at plastic banks in Allerdale.

Plastic bags
Plastic bags can be used over and over again. Use them as pedal bin liners. Take them with you when you go to the supermarket. Some supermarkets sell very strong `bags for life`. When they eventually wear out they are replaced free of charge and the old ones are recycled. If you ever have more clean plastic bags than you can use, then most charity shops will be pleased to accept them.

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

Charity shops may be interested in certain items, see your local directory for charity shop details. Pottery is non-recyclable waste and should be disposed of in your household bin.

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