Bins not been emptied? We do apologise, but due to changes to our waste collection services the crews are finding they are not able to make it to some properties on the right day. We are working to address this. If your bin hasn't been emptied, check our webpage to see if you live in an area we know about and, if so, please just leave your bin out. You do not need to report it to us. We are doing everything we can to return to your property in the following day or two. You can also find out more about the changes to our bin collections and check your bin day with our online calendar.
Dealing with invasive non-native plant species (INNS)
An invasive species can be any kind of living plant organism that has been introduced outside its natural range and can cause harm. Landowners have a responsibility to control any invasive weeds. Although it is not a legal obligation, they grow and reproduce quickly.
Some of the most common INNS found in Allerdale include:
Japanese Knotweed can damage concrete, tarmac and brickwork and impact on biodiversity. It spreads by underground roots - very small pieces of root can produce new plants.
If you come across Japanese Knotweed growing on public land, you can report it to us online using our general enquiry form below.
Himalayan Balsam is the largest annual plant in Britain, growing up to 2.5m high from seed in a single season. It is particularly common along watercourses and spreads rapidly.
Similar to Japanese Knotweed, this INNS is a large, thicket-forming plant, reaching up to 2m tall. It can be found on stream sides, hedge banks, woodland edges, roadsides, railway banks and waste ground.
Giant Hogweed can grow up to 5m tall, and the stem and leaves can cause severe skin irritation and blistering.
Where can I find more information?
- More information on the best known culprits, resident responsibilities, and how to treat INNS can be found on the Government website.
- The Environment Agency have written guidance notes for managing INNS
- The Non-Native Species Secretariat also provides a wealth of information that can advise on how to deal with INNS