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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. Please try to make sure any paint left is dried out - you can add sawdust or cat litter to speed the drying process.

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.

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.

Plastic banks are provided at some Household Waste Recycling Centre Please check to see which plastics are accepted at Recycle Points in your area.

Pease check your local kerbside recycling scheme to see what is collected in your area.

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 as some now have collection points for `soft` plastics which then go to be recycled. 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 some 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  wastepermits@cumbria.gov.uk
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