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Changes at recycling sites after successful expansion of doorstep scheme

24 June 2015

Plans are being made to change the facilities at Allerdale Borough Council’s recycling sites following the success of the borough’s doorstep collection service.

The Council has 60 mini recycling centres in its towns and villages which are used by the public for the disposal and recycling of excess paper, cardboard, glass and plastic.

However, since the authority increased its doorstep collections to include more than 96% of residential properties in the borough, it has seen a substantial fall in the amount of plastic and glass collected at the mini sites. Just this month, more properties in Cockermouth and Wigton have been included in the purple bag doorstep collection scheme.

After reviewing the use of these mini recycling sites, in partnership with the appropriate town and parish councils, the Council is now going to remove the plastic and cardboard recycling skips from them. The paper containers will remain as these are still well used. Council officers are also placing large purple-lidded waste containers in the most rural of locations where it’s not always feasible to collect recycling from individual properties to ensure homeowners don’t have to travel too far with their waste.

From next week, plastic and cardboard recycling will no longer be available at the Co-Op in Maryport, North View car park in Silloth, Otley Road car park in Keswick, Queen Street car park in Aspatria and Sullart Street in Cockermouth. Plastic recycling will cease at the mini recycling site in Anthorn, and cardboard recycling will be withdrawn from the Wigton Amenity Site.

People will still be able to use privately owned recycling sites, such as those at supermarkets, and the Cumbria County Council household waste sites in Workington and Maryport.

Councillor Michael Heaslip, the Council’s executive member for locality services, said: “It’s great that our doorstep recycling scheme has proved so successful. It’s never been so easy for our residents to recycle in their own homes and that’s reflected in the falling numbers of people using these mini sites.

“The fact that nearly all our residents receive doorstep collections is particularly satisfying as we live in a challenging area for waste removal, with some very narrow town and village centre streets, and many remote rural properties. If any of our residents are going to find these new arrangements difficult we would ask them to contact us so we can find a way of helping them. In addition, if businesses have been using these sites, they can call our trade waste team for advice on removal of their rubbish.”

Residents or businesses who need help with waste disposal can call the Council’s team on 01900 702820 or email To find local recycling sites, visit

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Allerdale Borough Council
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