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Barrow Borough Council is committed to providing a responsible waste collection service. Recycling is important because it reduces the amount of waste that we throw away and provides valuable products for manufacturing. This saves residents money by reducing the disposal costs and by providing an income to the Council.

Kerbside collection service.

We will provide you with boxes and bags for you to put your recyclable materials into.

Apply for a new or replacement recycling container.

The container will be placed inside the curtilage of your property (either the garden or back yard) unless you give us instructions to leave it elsewhere. If we cannot gain access to your back yard we will not leave the container. We will try to deliver the container within 14 days of you making the request. We deliver on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. If we haven't been able to access your property we will try a second time on Friday.

You should place your recycling containers at the curtilage (on the road or pavement outside your property) by 7am on the day of your collection.

Find your recycling collection day.

If you and other people living in your property are unable to place the containers at the curtilage we can offer an assisted collection.

Request an assisted collection.

What should I put in my recycling container?

Recycling box


Green Box



  • Newspapers
  • Magazines

No windows or broken glasses please.

Food and drink cansMixed Glass

Please put paper in a separate box.

Please don't put things in plastic bags.

Second recycling box or polythene bag

Paper recycling

Green Bag

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Greetings cards

Newspapers and magazines

Please place the paper inside the container no carrier bags thank you.

Red or green heavy duty bag

Red Bag

  • plastic bottles
  • plastic yoghurt pots and food trays
  • cardboard packaging
  • cardboard cereal and food boxes


Please don't put things in plastic bags.

Service feedback

If you placed your recycling containers at the curtilage of your property by 7am on the day of your collection and it was emptied please report it to us.

Report a missed container.

If you report a missed bin and it isn't collected within 72 hours please let us know.

Report a service failure.

If you have any other things you would like to tell us about please use our feedback form.

Recycling centres

The Council provides a number of recycling centres throughout the Borough.

recycling centre

Five different recyclable materials paper, glass, cans, cardboard and plastic can be placed in the same container and we will separate them.

Separate containers may be provided by charitable organisations for clothing, shoes and books at some recycling centres, these do not belong to Barrow Borough Council.

Please remember to rinse out glass, cans and plastic containers before recycling them.

Thank you for recycling.

Find my nearest recycling centre

An Introduction to Recycling

Waste issues are becoming increasingly important in the UK.  In the past the waste management industry of the UK has traditionally pursued the cheapest method of waste disposal, known as land filling.
Barrow will run out of landfill space in less than eight years time, unless we continue to RECYCLE more of our Household waste. If we continue at the present rate it would take less than five years to fill Lake Windermere with Cumbria's household waste.

What Can I Do To Make A Difference?

There are a number of things you, as a Borough resident can do to make a difference.  Firstly, use these web pages to find out how you can RECYCLE your waste in the Barrow area.  The links will give you details of services provided by the Borough Council and where you may take your waste for recycling.
However, there are many ways in which you can help Barrow to divert waste from landfill, not just through recycling.
  • The first thing people should be thinking about is REDUCE the amount of waste that they produce, by shopping responsibly and selecting products which have LESS PACKAGING.
  • Secondly, try to REUSE anything that you can.  Take your carrier bags back to the Supermarket rather than getting new ones and reuse plastic bottles and boxes as far as possible.
  • Thirdly, RECYCLE all of your glass, cans, paper, plastic and cardboard and take part in the kerbside Collection service.

For more information about recycling about the recycling of various materials visit the A to Z of Materials on the Recycle Cumbria web site or contact