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Blue refuse bag collection scheme

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 sacks were out by 6am on the day of collection and have not been collected, you can let us know by completing the online missed refuse (blue bag) collection form, or telephoning 01768 817817.

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 replacements, and your full blue bag was collected, please tell us by completing the blue refuse bag problem form, or telephone 01768 817817.

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.

Find blue refuse bag collection day

You can find out your collection day by entering your postcode into My Eden.

Public holiday changes to blue bag collection

The only time collection days will change is at Christmas and New Year, refuse will be collected on all other public holidays. Christmas and New Year collections dates are printed on the blue bags, or see refuse collection dates for public holidays.

Road closures 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 boundary of the property on the kerbside and visible from the roadside.

Need more blue bags

We will provide more blue bags for large households of six or more permanent residents. You can apply online on the request for extra blue refuse bags for a large household form.

We will provide more blue bags for absorbent hygiene products, such as incontinence pads, dressings and / or excessive plastic medical packaging. You can apply online on the request extra blue refuse bags for absorbent hygiene products and excessive medical packaging form.

Buy extra blue bags

Yes, if you would like more blue bags you can buy them for £1.40 each from:

  • Appleby: Eden Bridge Newsagents, The Sands
  • Alston: Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall
  • Kirkby Stephen: Council and Community Centre
  • Penrith: Mansion House
  • Penrith: Town Hall
  • Online form: purchase blue refuse bags.

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. You can tell us online on the request the collection of additional blue bags form.

What can't go in a blue bag

  • garden waste
  • rubble
  • building waste
  • bricks
  • concrete
  • vehicle batteries
  • paint cans
  • oil cans

All of these items can be taken to Flusco or Kirkby Stephen household waste recycling centre.

Domestic clinical waste can't go in a blue bag

See clinical waste.

Bulky waste too big to go in a blue bag

We will collect items to big to go in a blue bag, there is a charge, see:

Using a dustbin to protect blue bags from wildlife

  1. Tell us using the contact details below, before using a dustbin so we can arrange for collection.
  2. 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.

Not able to set blue bag on the kerbside?

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. To apply, complete the assisted refuse and recycling collection request form, or telephone 01768 817817.