Close Recycling collection changes

We'll soon be making changes to the way recycling is collected, and we'll be delivering bins and boxes to households in preparation for this. Find out more.


Which rubbish, which bin?


Allerdale Borough Council is comitted to reducing the waste produced in the borough by encouraging recycling as much as possible. Below is some guidance of how you can seperate you waste and recycle as much as possible.

Household waste


The Council provides a refuse service from domestic properties. The standard size of a household waste bin is 120 litres and are collected weekly.

Yes please

  • Household waste items which are non recyclable
  • Non recyclable films and plastics
  • Tetrapaks
  • Unrecyclable food packaging
  • Fish and meat bones
  • Food waste you don't compost
  • Tea and coffee grounds

No thanks

  • Rubble
  • Hazardous waste
  • Empty or leftover paint tins

Black sacks

Properties which are not suitable for wheeled bins are allowed to have up to three black sacks collected each week. The contractor will leave replacement sacks (up to three) equivalent to the number of sacks collected.

Please leave bins or bags out for collection at the edge of the property by 7am on the day of collection.

When is my household waste collected?

To check you household waste collection day use our bin collection calendar.

Report a missed bin collection.

Purple sack recycling

Allerdale Borough Council collects recycling directly from most households.

Glass, metal cans and tins and plastic is collected in a purple bag. Collections are fortnightly.

What can I put into a purple sack?

Yes please

  • All types/colours of glass bottled and jars
  • All metal food cans and pet food cans (steel or aluminium)
  • Metal aerosol cans
  • Plastic screw top bottles (including cleaning products) - please remove the tops and put them in the bag too
  • Yogurt pots and food trays

No thanks

  • Broken glass, panes of glass, glass cooking pots, drinking glasses
  • Light bulbs
  • Plastic film (Cling film type)
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Tetrapaks
  • Paint pots
  • chemicals
  • Explosives
  • Batteries
  • Ink cartridges

I've run out of purple sacks

The crews will leave as many purple bags as they collect. If you need more then contact us on 0303 123 1702

When and where should I put out my purple sacks?

Purple bags should be placed out for collection at the front of your property by 7am on collection day.

This also applies to terraced properties even though the refuse may be collected from the lane. Placing the bags at the front will ensure residents receive any replacement bags they may need as well as making collections much more efficient.  

What day are purple sacks collected?

To check your collection days check our bin collection calendar.

There are also a number of places where plastic, paper, metal and glass can be deposited for recycling. The Household Waste Recycling Centres also take this sort of waste.

Report a missed bin collection

Paper and card recycling

Green paper bins or green paper sacks are used to collect paper and card and are collected fortnightly.

What can I put in the paper waste?

Yes please

  • Any clean, dry paper or card
  • Envelopes
  • Leaflets
  • Newspapers

No thanks

  • Tetrapaks
  • Waxy paper
  • Films or plastic

When and where should I put out my green paper bin or green paper sack?

If you use green paper sacks they should be placed out for collection at the front of your property by 7am on collection day.

This generally applies to terraced properties even though refuse bins may be collected from the lane. Placing the sacks at the front will ensure residents receive any replacement sacks they may need as well as making collections much more efficient.  

If you use a green paper bin it should be left in the same place as your household waste bin for collection.

When is paper recycling collected?

To check your paper and card bin collection day use our bin collection calendar.

I've got too much paper recycling

Find out where the nearest recycling centre is to your home.


Report a missed bin collection

Garden waste

We provide a  fortnightly collection service for your green garden waste. It is collected in a large green bin and collected just like normal waste.

What can I put in my garden bin?

Yes please 

  • Grass cuttings
  • Branches and leaves
  • Dead flowers

Shake as much soil off as possible. If the bin is too heavy it may break and end up in the back of the lorry.

No thanks

  • Soil and rubble
  • Plant pots and trays
  • Kitchen and vegetable waste
  • Please don't bag the waste up - any plastic will contaminate the waste.

You can compost your peelings in a compost bin. More information about compost bins and the availability of special deals can be found on the Cumbria County Council website.

I have a big garden can I have more than one garden bin?

Of course. Householders with large gardens can have more than one garden bin.  These bins will be given free of charge. Contact us to request an additional one.

I have a lot of waste, where else can I recycle it?

If you have a larger amount of garden waste, you can also take it to the  Household Waste Recycling Centres which are run by Cumbria County Council.  

Christmas Trees

We don't have garden waste collections in the winter. Please put your Christmas tree out for collection with your normal waste. It will get sorted at the waste disposal facility and anything organic is used for a compost material.

When is my garden waste collected?

To check your garden waste bin collection dates use our bin collection calendar.

Report a missed bin collection

Hazardous waste

Hazardous waste regulations mean that you must not put the below into your household waste bin:

  • Oil filters
  • Antifreeze
  • Brake fluid
  • Spent oils
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Paint
  • Certain electrical goods
  • TV and computer monitors
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Infectious clinical waste
  • Asbestos

What should I do with hazardous waste items?

You should take hazardous waste to any County Council Civic Amenity site and should check what the site is able to accept before travelling.

Private waste contractors will deal with hazardous and special waste arising from a trade or business.

Special precautions are needed when disposing of and moving hazardous waste such as asbestos.

Allerdale Borough Council offers a bulky item collection service to householders within the borough for a charge. The council will arrange collection and disposal of bulky household items (e.g. beds, wardrobes, three piece suites) and white goods (e.g. fridges, freezers, cookers).


We provide a chargeable service to collect chemicals from households as they are regarded as hazardous household waste.

If the chemical is in containers and identifiable as safe to move, our contractor will carry out the collection. If the chemical is unidentifiable, and therefore deemed to be potentially dangerous we may sub contract to a specialist waste company who have the equipment and necessary skills to deal with the chemicals and their safe removal.

Contact us to discuss the safe removal of chemicals from your property.


Assisted collections

Assisted collections for household waste are available for residents who are unable to place their bin out for collection due to age, disability or other circumstances such as injury or illness. Contact us on the number shown to arrange this


Rural collections

Point of storage collections are available in rural areas where bins are collected up to one mile away from the main highway or where access to the property is prohibitive.


Apply for Assisted or Rural collections