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Kerbside recycling collections

Kerbside recycling collections are provided by your local Council. If you have a query about a missed collection or need more recycling, boxes, bins or bags, please get in touch with them.

Kerbside refuse / general waste collections

Your general waste collections are provided by your local Council. If you have a query about a missed collection or need to replace a bin or bags please get in touch with them.

Kitchen paper

Used kitchen paper and the inner cardboard tube can be composted in your compost heap as long as you haven`t used them to wipe up sprayed household cleaning chemicals - sheets used for that will need to go into your normal general waste bin. You could get some reusable cloths as an alternative for certain kitchen jobs. The cardboard tubes are a great craft item for the kids or you can cut in half and use to plant up seeds in the spring instead of using plastic pots - you can then just plant the whole thing out into the ground once your seedlings have grown large enough. Even if it`s clean, kitchen roll is not recyclable in your kerbside paper recycling collection. This is because it is made from paper with very short fibres - and in order to be useful for recycling into something new, the fibres would need to be longer. Paper can only be recycled a certain number of times because the fibres get shorter each time. Please put kitchen roll in the general waste if you are not composting it.

Kitchen utensils

Kitchen utensils that you no longer need could be offered for free on Freegle or Freecycle or donated to a charity shop. Please check with individual charity shops first to see if they will accept your items.

Kitchen waste

All fruit and vegetable peelings can be composted at home. Have a look at our compost pages for what you can and can`t put in your home composter. Cooked food scraps should not be put into a normal home compost bin but you could treat yourself to a Food Waste Digester. A food waste digester reaches a higher temperature so is ideal to use as it breaks down cooked food safely. For more information have a look at our Food Waste Digester page

Knitting needles

Tools for Self Reliance include them with crates of sewing machines sent to countries that need them.

If you have a question about resources or recycling please call one of the following numbers
Cumberland Council: 0300 373 3730
Westmorland & Furness Council: 0300 373 3300
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