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Our new kerbside recycling service

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Our improved kerbside recycling scheme began in April 2018.

Around 96 per cent of Copeland homes receive our kerbside recycling scheme. There are some areas we can't currently cover but we may in the future expand the scheme if resources allow.

You will have been sent a calendar in March, detailing all your waste collections. You can get a replacement one, or a large print one, by calling 01946 598300 or emailing You can also see it online at, by clicking on My Property and Bin Collections.

The new scheme uses three plastic boxes and one large white weighted bag to collect five materials.

The green box is for glass, the black one is for metals and plastic, and the blue one is for paper. Card goes into your weighted bag.

Find out what can go in each box/bag: plastic, paper, metal, glass, card.

You can collect rigid plastic lids (for use while storing your recycling) and soft elastic lids (which can be tied securely to the boxes and used on collection day) from our council offices, and other locations. Please do not put boxes out with rigid lids on, as it slows down the collections and the lids can become lost or broken.

Your collection might not happen until later in the day or even the next day if there are some unforeseen circumstances - please leave it out for collection and we will get to it as soon as we can. We also sometimes collect card separately - please don't think that we have forgotten the rest of your recycling.

You do not have to put all the containers out every fortnight. In fact, one of the most environmentally-friendly things you can do is to only put them out when they're full or very nearly full. It is better to collect a full box once a month than half a one every fortnight.