Public consultation on proposals for changes to Cumbria's Household Waste Recycling Centres

Closed 19 Feb 2012

Opened 8 Jan 2012

Feedback updated 10 Aug 2012

We asked

We proposed a number of changes to our household waste recycling centres to improve efficiency. These included the closure of six HWRC sites and alterations in the opening hours/days of HWRC sites.

You said

There was considerable oppostion to the closures of the six Household Waste recycling Centres. 65% of respondents were willing to accept proposals to change opening hours/days of the centres.

We did

Acting on the results of the Consultation the decision was made not to proceed witth the closures of the six HWRC sites. Changes to opening hours/days will go forward.

Results updated 1 Feb 2017

Please see attached document for results and report.



The council is dealing with the most significant ever reductions to its budget. We have to find ways to save money. Last year we confirmed our priorities for the future were about tackling poverty, supporting vulnerable people and improving the chances in life of the most disadvantaged. That has focussed our minds on where we should look to find savings.

That’s why we have reviewed our provision of household waste recycling centres. Our review has shown that our current provision, although very well run, is expensive and significant savings could be made that would bring us into line with other parts of the country.

We are proposing to:

  1. Close six of the county’s least used household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) in 2012
  2. Move to seasonal opening hours
  3. Close sites on the least used days of Thursday and Friday
  4. Introduce a mobile household waste recycling service to offset the impact of closures
  5. Introduce charges for disposal of soil, rubble, asbestos, plasterboard and car tyres

We are already committed to investing in a new state-of-the-art HWRC in Lillyhall as part of West Cumbria HWRC improvement programme. This will involve the closures of Frizington and Workington HWRCs when the new site is operational in 2013


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