Why recycling centres in Cumbria are closed

All household waste recycling sites in Cumbria have been closed until further notice.

The county council says that going out to a recycling centre is not a legitimate reason to leave home, under the current government rules.

Usual recycling collections will still be carried out. People are being asked to store any excess waste at home until the restrictions are lifted.

Some districts in Cumbria have had their garden waste collections suspended, this includes Carlisle, South Lakeland and Eden district.

In the meantime you can:

  • Home compost

  • Leave grass cuttings on the lawn where they will mulch down to provide nutrients

  • Leave areas of grass uncut (the wildlife will love this!)

An SLDC spokesperson said: “We are having to adjust and revise our operations to meet the demands of responding to the Coronavirus outbreak and to ensure we can continue to deliver the most essential services relied on by our communities.

“That has meant looking carefully at the way we manage our waste and recycling collections within available resources and how we can best protect our residents and our staff, including ensuring our collection crews can work while observing social distancing guidelines."