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Council takes action against misuse of recycling service

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Following continued misuse Copeland Council has suspended garden waste collections for seven householders who repeatedly put household rubbish in their brown bins.

Green waste bins from the seven homes in Cleator Moor, contained large amounts of non-garden waste, which resulted in an entire lorry load having to be sent away for disposal, rather than made into compost meaning around 600 other conscientious gardeners had their recycling efforts go – literally - to waste.

The council says it wasn't the first time the householders had done this – after previous contamination incidents officers provided stickers for their bins explaining what can and can’t be collected. However, the dumping continued so the council will now not collect these garden bins for six months.

“Garden waste recycling only works if everyone does it. It only takes a couple of selfish people to put non-garden waste in there and the whole load is rejected by the composting plant.

“We will not accept this as it means hundreds of other people who were doing the right thing have seen their waste fail to be recycled.

“Occasionally we’ll get some accidental contamination, for example plant pots or seed packets – this is still problematic but we do understand and we’re happy to explain to people what should go in the bin.

“These householders have shown repeated contempt for the service, and filled their bins with large amounts of household waste.”

– Dave Banks, portfolio holder for waste, Copeland Council

Top award for three of Copeland's beaches

Silecroft beach was among three in Copeland to get a Seaside Award Credit: Copeland Borough Council

Three beaches in Copeland have won a Seaside Award.

St Bees, Silecroft and Haverigg have been named as having the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.

Fourteen beaches in the north west of England achieved the same status, which is awarded by the charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Copeland Borough Council runs the beaches and says it is pleased with the recognition.

This is great news.

Our staff and local community partners work hard to keep our amenity beaches safe and inviting for locals, holiday makers and day trippers."

– Julie Betteridge, Copeland Council’s director of customer and community services

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Executive recommends Copeland Budget

Copeland Borough Council’s Executive recommended the proposed budget for 2015/16 at their meeting last night.

The Council needs to make savings of £1.484 million, and proposals in the budget include plans to cut Council costs by sharing resources with other councils.

The budget report will now go before full council for approval as part of the Budget meeting on 26 February.

Copeland householders could be eligible for flood grants

Copeland Borough Council has announced that there is still time for householders to apply for grants to make their homes more resistant to floods.

Grants of up to £5000 are available through the council.

The money can be claimed back even if the person has already paid out for the anti-flood measures and had them installed.

The scheme closes in mid-February.

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West Cumbrian councils consider area's nuclear future

Allerdale Borough Council is being recommended to support a move to exclude county councils from having a say on whether Cumbria should have an underground nuclear waste store.

Both Allerdale and Copeland voted to continue looking at west Cumbria as a possible site in January.

However, the county council used its veto to rule out the plan.

The government now wants to begin a new search with the county council no longer having a veto.

Full Report: Thousands petition against public toilet closure

Thousands of people have signed a petition in West Cumbria against the closure of public toilets.

The facilities in Whitehaven, Cleator Moor and Egremont are now shut.

Cafe owners say people are using their toilets without buying anything which is putting them out of pocket.

It comes as Copeland Borough Council looks to save more than 26 million pounds over the next two years.

Samantha Parker's full report is below.

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