Cumbria County Council are able to offer compost bins for sale from as little as £9 with £5.99 for delivery. For more information about home composting and the discounted compost bins available visit recycleforcumbria.org
In 2008, Cumbria County Council signed a 25-year deal with Shanks Waste Solutions. This partnership will slash the amount of rubbish Cumbria sends to landfill. From 2012, much of the county's waste will be sent for mechanical biological treatment (MBT) at two state of the art plants - one in Barrow and the other near Carlisle. The MBT process produces a Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF), a potential alternative to fossil fuels in industrial processes. You can find out more about Shanks Cumbria and MBT by visiting the Shanks Cumbria website.
While MBT offers a long term and sustainable future for the county's waste, the process will only work if we all continue to reduce the amount of rubbish we create in the first place. In Cumbria we have taken huge steps to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill over the last 5 years. Our recycling levels have been increasing steadily year on year. In 2005 we recycled 25% of our rubbish, today we recycle 44%.
Together, Cumbria County Council and the 6 district and borough councils form the Resource Cumbria partnership. Resource Cumbria aims to make a world of difference by providing a refocused approached to waste; promoting the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle; and demonstrating that the creation of waste impacts on resources and can also be used as a resource.
For more information on Cumbria's plan to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible you can download our Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy 2007 - 2020 (pdf 1.8mb).