Blue bag refuse collection scheme
For details of blue bag refuse collection problems due to the weather conditions please see refuse and recycling updates.
Household refuse should be placed in the blue bags supplied as part of the waste collection service. Hot ashes may be placed in an ash bin, which must be made of steel and have two handles.
Blue bags have not been collected
If your blue bags were out by 6am on the day of collection and have not been collected, please:
No replacement blue bags
Blue bags are only left if you place blue bags out for collection. If you placed two or more blue bags out for collection, you should get two new blue bags in their place. If you placed one blue bag out for collection, you will get one new blue bag in its place. If you do not get any replacement blue bags, and your full blue bag was collected, please:
Moved into Eden and need blue bags?
If you are new to the area, to get your blue refuse bags, telephone 01768 817817. Replacement blue bags are left at the same time your full bags are collected. You will also be told about the bag and box scheme and whether your area is entitled to the garden waste bin scheme. Read about the bag and box scheme.
Find your blue refuse bag collection day
You can find out your collection day by entering your postcode into My Eden.
Road closure changes to blue bag collection
When road closures prevent refuse vehicles accessing your property, collections will be attempted again on the next scheduled collection day. Long term closure arrangements will need to be made by the organisation who is responsible for the road closures.
Where to set blue bags out for collection
Blue bags should be tied securely and set out no earlier than the night before the day of collection, but no later than 6am on the collection day. Bags should be set out at the adopted highway and visible from the roadside.
Collection points for new developments will be agreed upon prior start of collections.
Need more blue bags?
We will provide more blue bags for large households of six or more permanent residents.
We will provide more blue bags for absorbent hygiene products, such as incontinence pads, dressings and/or excessive plastic medical packaging.
Buy extra blue bags
If you would like more blue bags you can buy them for £1.40 each.
You can buy blue bags from:
Appleby: Bridge End Newsagents, The Sands CA16 6XA
Telephone: 017683 53696
Alston: Alston Local Links, Town Hall
Kirkby Stephen: Kirkby Stephen Local links Community and Council Centre
Penrith: Mansion House
Penrith: Town Hall
If you have bought additional blue bags, up to five blue bags will be collected on your normal refuse collection day. If you need to set out more than five bags in your normal refuse collection you need to tell us first.
What can't go in a blue bag?
- garden waste
- building waste
- vehicle batteries
- paint cans
- oil cans
All of these items can be taken to either the Flusco, or Kirkby Stephen, household waste recycling centres.
Domestic clinical waste cannot go in a blue bag
See clinical waste.
Bulky waste too big to go in a blue bag
We will collect items too big to go in a blue bag. There is a charge, see:
Using a dustbin to protect blue bags from wildlife
Before using a dustbin, so we can arrange for a collection, please let us know using our contact details.
Place your tied blue refuse bag in the dustbin at the kerbside for collection.
Reduce refuse, recycle, or reuse
For recycling, see Eden Waste A-Z.
For reuse, advertise items on Freegle.
Any plastic bags and cartons found in blue refuse bags are removed to be part of the process to make refuse-derived fuel. Only a small percentage of residual waste actually ends up in landfill due to it being processed at the plant in Barrow in Furness.
Not able to place your blue bag out for collection?
If you have either a disability or infirmity which makes it difficult for you to carry your blue bag, you can apply to have it collected from your property.