Rubbish, Recycling

Household Waste Recycling Centres guideline changes

Our Household Waste Recycling Centres are open normal hours (times vary depending on site).  We are currently reviewing Government guidance re changes to Covid-19 regulations changing from 19th July 2021. In the meantime we thank you for your patience and ask that you follow the guidelines below.

We all need to play our part in stopping coronavirus.

Please follow the below guidelines when visiting:

  • staff cannot physically assist - please bring someone with you to lift heavy items
  • follow social distancing measures when on site
  • plan your visit, weekdays are less busy
  • sort waste and recycling before your visit to minimise time on site
  • expect queues
  • wash your hands before and after your visit

Disposal of home lateral flow device (LFD)

Please make sure you dispose of your home lateral flow device (LFD) tests correctly, do not put used tests into your recycling bin.

If you're doing a rapid lateral flow test yourself at home you should dispose of the test in the small waste bag provided with the kit.

You can consider LFDs as normal household waste and dispose of them accordingly, however there is more detailed guidance for LFD waste disposal in other settings.

If you're self isolating

If you or a member of your household is self-isolating at home, follow the stay at home guidance.

To dispose of any face coverings or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) you or members of your household use when self- isolating, you should:

• double bag them

• store them for 72 hours before putting them in a 'black bag' waste bin

Do not put them in a recycling bin.

Remove PPE carefully, and avoid touching the inside of your face covering.

After you remove your PPE or face covering, wash your hands or use hand sanitiser.

Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) booking system

From 4 October there is no longer a booking system at Bousteads Grassing or Grange-over-Sands HWRCs. Thank you for using the booking system and for your patience during this difficult time.

Kendal Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC)

Kendal HWRC will be serviced between 8am and 8.30am, whilst COVID-19 restrictions are in place and out of consideration for our neighbours.

Please don't arrive at Kendal HWRC before 8.30am - this will avoid queues and delays to opening. 

COVID-19 information

A number of restrictions are in place on the Household Waste Recycling Centres. If you have any questions about visiting them, please find information in the Frequently Asked Questions:

  • journeys should only be made to the HWRC by the person who has generated the waste.  Please do not pass on your waste to others to dispose of
  • children and pets must not leave the vehicle if they go to the HWRCs
  • if a person is shielding or self-isolating due to possible COVID-19 symptoms, please don't visit the site

Please act responsibly and treat site staff with respect.  If you don't, you won't be allowed access and asked to leave.

There are still some measures in place at each HWRC to make sure the public and staff are safe.  These  include:

  • users should only bring waste to the site that they can carry and lift themselves.  Unfortunately, we won't be able to offer any help carrying waste. 
  • Incoming traffic may be stopped when staff are cleaning up or disinfecting operational areas. Please be patient when staff are doing this. At certain times throughout the day HWRCs may have to close for exchanging of full containers.   
  • Please be patient. 

The individual HWRCs will open on their usual days and times.  

Please check Cumbria County Council's website for opening days and times for each site as these can differ.

HWRC opening may change at short notice and may not be open.  Please check Cumbria County Council's website for up to date information.


Currently site staff are not allowed to help carry your waste, please do not ask them to and only bring what you can safely carry and lift yourself.

You can access the HWRCs in your car, campervan/motorhome, single axle trailer and minibus. 

You can also access with a valid waste permit with a van, utility vehicle or a car towing twin axle trailer.  Permits are no longer issued for vans and utility vehicles towing twin axle trailers.

The quickest way to request a permit is to apply for a permit online . You can also call on 0300 003 1118. 

Yes Cumbria County Council's Permit Scheme is still in operation.

  • HWRCs are accepting normal waste
  • The type of waste accepted at the HWRCs may change at short notice, please check the Cumbria County Council website for any updated information before travelling to the HWRCs.
  • Although most kerbside waste and recycling collections are currently running as normal, some services may be affected. Please check with your local District Council for updates in your area.


Children and pets can come with you to the HWRCs. They cannot leave the vehicle for health and safety reasons.

Currently face coverings/masks are not required but if you feel more comfortable wearing a face covering/mask please do. This will be reviewed if government guidance changes.

No one should attend the site if they are shielding and/or self-isolating due to possible Covid-19 symptoms.

Government advice is that waste from a house with cases of Covid-19 should be placed in a bag, which is then sealed, placed inside another bag, which is also sealed (so double-bagged but not both tied at the same time) and then stored for 72 hours before being put out for collection.  The timing of the deposit of the waste into the waste bin is all important in order to protect staff.

Please act responsibly and treat site staff with respect.  If you don't, you won't be allowed access and asked to leave.

Please visit your local District Council website for the bin collections and waste services, including the latest updates as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Although most kerbside waste and recycling collections are currently running as normal, some services may be affected. Please check with your local District Council for updates in your area. It is encouraged that householders make use of the waste and recycling containers provided, such as squashing boxes, plastic bottles and cans, and only visit HWRCs if necessary and as part of essential journeys.


Recycle for Cumbria

Recycle for Cumbria website

For more information visit the Recycle for Cumbria website

Unwanted furniture

Dispose of unwanted furniture

Find out about ways to dispose of unwanted furniture