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Allerdale Borough Council,
Allerdale House,
CA14 3YJ

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News release


Take extra care with your garden waste this summer

24 June 2014

Allerdale Borough Council is reminding residents across the borough that only garden waste material should be placed in garden bins for collection.

There have been some recent instances of garden waste material being contaminated by incorrectly disposed of non-garden waste items. Non-garden waste includes contents like dog faeces and cat litter, kitchen waste, rubble, bricks and soil.

If garden waste sent for composting is found to be contaminated, it could end up costing the Council hundreds of pounds for each contaminated load.

The only items that should be placed in garden waste bins are grass, leaves, dead plants, hedge clippings, fruit, weeds, and flowers.  Anything else should be disposed of through normal household waste bins, recycled in purple bags, or taken to a household waste recycling site.

Councillor Michael Heaslip, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive Member for Locality Services, said: “It costs the Council valuable time and money each year to separate incorrectly disposed of waste, which could be put to much better use. Something like dog mess being thrown in one bin can contaminate the entire load but can easily be avoided by people taking a little more care and attention with their waste.

“Garden bins should be used for garden waste only and anyone found to be incorrectly using these bins may face having their bin removed. We appreciate the ongoing co-operation of the public with this issue.”

Further information can be found on the Council’s website, or by phoning the Customer Service Centre on 01900 702800.

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0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ