Rubbish, Recycling

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) opening of sites following COVID-19

There are 14 household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) across the county where you can take your household waste.  HWRCs have now been reopened with restrictions in place to protect the safety of our staff and residents. 

  • journeys to the HWRCs should only be made if your waste or recycling cannot be stored at home.  If you can temporarily store your waste or recycling in a way that does not pose a risk to human health, then you must do so.
  • 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 should not go to the HWRCs.
  • if a person is shielding or self-isolating due to possible COVID-19 symptoms, please don't visit the site
  • pedestrians won't be allowed on the site
  • ideally only 1 person should attend, but if 1 additional passenger has to visit the site, they must be from the same household.

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

Strict measures will be in place at each HWRC to make sure the Government's social distancing guidelines are followed.  These will include:

  • a limited number of vehicles will be allowed on the sites at any one time
  • all site users must follow the 2 metre social distancing rules in place
  • 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. 

At certain times throughout the day HWRCs may have to close for exchanging of full containers.   

Please be patient. Remember that going to HWRCs will be different from the way they worked before lockdown, and that it will be a while before social distancing restrictions are lifted.

Please allow more time for queuing to access the HWRCs during this period of restriction.

We want to accommodate as many people to dispose of a small amount of waste that can't be stored.

When you return home from the HWRC please remember not to touch your face and to wash your hands for 20 seconds.

Grange over Sands HWRC
For most HWRCs residents are allowed to access them without having to book in their waste. This was not possible for the HWRC at Grange over Sands because of the demand to access the site, so a booking system has been introduced at this HWRC. Further information about the booking system at Grange HWRC.

Bousteads Grassing, Carlisle HWRC
From 7 July - a booking system has been developed because the number of cars accessing the HWRC are causing long queues which is making it difficult for local residents and businesses to pass through the HWRC safely. The booking system will limit the number of vehicles accessing the site at any one time and help to maintain social distancing guidelines. Further information about the booking system at Bousteads Grassing, Carlisle HWRC.

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.


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

Only cars will be allowed access to the site.  No vans, trailers or commercial vehicles will be allowed to access the site.

The following vehicles won't be able to access the HWRCs:

  • Vans of all sizes
  • Campervans / Motorhomes
  • Campervan / Motorhome van conversions with no windows in rear
  • Utility vehicles
  • Pick-ups with open backs
  • Single Axle Trailers
  • Twin or more Axle Trailer
  • Horse Box Trailers 
  • Mini Buses

Vehicles normally requiring a permit to access the HWRC network will not be allowed to access the site at the moment.

Because of the anticipated demand to access the HWRCs by residents who need to bring waste that cannot be stored until collected at kerbside by your District Council. Only cars will be allowed to access the sites.

Van/Utility vehicles are not allowed to access the HWRC at this time.  

Because social distancing needs to be followed on the HWRCs, this means there will be less vehicles allowed to enter the HWRC site at any one time. 

We want to maintain a flow of vehicles that can easily and quickly dispose of small amounts of waste.  Allowing residents to bring in waste that cannot be stored at home.

Trailers (including single axle trailers) are not allowed to access the HWRC at this time. The space on some of the HWRCs is already limited and because social distancing needs to be followed, this means there will be less vehicles allowed to enter the HWRC site at any one time. 

We want to maintain a flow of vehicles that can easily and quickly dispose of small amounts of waste.  Allowing residents to bring in waste that cannot be stored at home.

The permit scheme is not available at the moment.

No, unfortunately due to the expected demand to access the HWRCs we have suspended all permits until further notice.

  • HWRCs are accepting normal waste - except for asbestos.  Please do not bring asbestos to site but arrange for professional removal once Government restrictions have been lifted.  Only where waste cannot be safely stored at home or disposed using alternative legitimate routes.
  • 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.
  • Please check whether collections of garden waste, bulky waste are available from kerbside by your local District Council, before travelling to a HWRC.  If available you should make use of these services rather than travelling to the HWRC.


It is difficult to say how long the queues will be, but we expect they will be long.  This is to make sure that we follow the Government guidance on social distancing.  For this reason only a limited number of vehicles will be allowed on the site at any one time.

Unfortunately you can't bring children and pets with you to the HWRC - this is because of health and safety reasons and having to follow strict social distancing.  

District Council collections are operating for most services now.  If you have bulky waste that you feel may cause a risk to health please contact your District Council to arrange a collection.

All residents should follow the Government guidance on staying alert.  

Cumbria County Council encourages all its residents to avoid travelling where possible.  Where a journey to a HWRC is essential residents should limit the distances they are travelling and only use their nearest HWRC.

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.

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.

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

Please keep additional waste to a minimum - avoid any home projects that will generate waste such as clearing out your garage or shed, and store all your waste at home until the Government restrictions are lifted.

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


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