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Baby items
Babies and toddlers don`t need their clothes for very long. And they are usually in excellent condition when they are outgrown. If you don`t know any new or expectant mothers to pass them on too, why not donate them to a local charity shop -see our Charity Shop and Reuse Map
Don`t forget that real nappies are the environmental choice that can save you money.

Batteries - car
Car batteries may be taken to your Household Waste Recycling Centre. Scrap metal merchants also accept car batteries (for details, see Yellow Pages). Do handle with care. Car batteries contain acid. You can also ask the garage to take back the old one when you purchase a new battery.

Batteries - household

Every person in Britain uses an average of 10 batteries a year, meaning every year we throw away over 600 million batteries.

It`s easy to think you are doing the right thing by popping dead batteries into your general household waste bin, but did you know that they can cause fires in waste processing plants if you do?

Household batteries can be recycled by returning them to a collection point in a supermarket, DIY centre or even your local shop. Anywhere that sells more than 32kg of batteries a year has to provide battery recycling collection facilities in store. You can find out your nearest collection point by entering your postcode in the locator at Recycle Now - you may have to ask in store when you get there as they`re not always easy to find.

All household batteries can be recycled, including button cell batteries found in watches and other small electronics.

You can also recycle battery packs from laptops, mobile phones and power tools. These can also be recycled in the in-store recycling banks in most shops. All batteries can be recycled at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC). Car batteries can be taken to your local HWRC.

For useful information about batteries and battery recycling please have a look at the Take Charge website

Beverage cartons (Tetrapaks)
These can be recycled at some Recycle Points. Check with your local District Council

These can be taken to you local Household Waste Recycling Centre. Bousteads and Brampton donate the bicycles to a reuse organisation called ReBike, www.rebikecumbria.co.uk/ or they can be directly donated to ReBike at their sites located at Water Street, Carlisle or Clayflatts Industrial Estate, Workington. Telephone: 01229 268026

Charity shops may accept old blankets see our Charity Shop and Reuse Map page

Boat flares
Boat flares are not considered to be household waste. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency currently provide storage facilities at 18 locations around the UK. Unfortunately Cumbria doesn`t have a storage facility for boat flares. Please contact Colin Brown for further information (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre on 0151 931 3341 or 01519 316625).

Boilers, household
Household boilers of a typical size are accepted on sites.

Charity shops collect second-hand books see our Charity Shop and Reuse Map A few of the Household Waste Recycling Centres and Recycling Points also have book banks.

Bric a brac
Charity shops are always on the look out for crockery, pictures, ornaments etc. You may not like something or have use for it anymore but there is a good chance someone else will. See our Charity Shop and Reuse Map. Alternatively have a go at a car boot sale and see how much you make.

Bricks and rubble can be taken to any of the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Building and Renovation waste
Reasonable amounts of building & renovation type waste will need to be placed in the appropriate signed skip. Gypsum and plasterboard waste is required to be separated and placed in the correct skip. For guidance please telephone the helpline 0300 003 1118

Bulky household waste
If your furniture/ bulky item is in good condition you could donate to a Charity / Furniture reuse shop. You could also give it away via your local Freegle group. Your local District or Borough Council may operate a collection service for items such as tables, chairs, beds, fridges and freezers. Most items can also be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre free of charge.

These may be accepted by charity shops,see our Charity Shop and Reuse Map or you can ues them in all sorts of crafts.

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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