The day that the majority of South Lakeland residents’ waste and recycling is collected will
As part of a drive to make South Lakeland District Council’s (SLDC’s) collection services
more efficient and to help deliver even more kerbside recycling, the collection days for 65%
of the district’s homes will be changing over the next six months.
The council has been working on a project to ‘optimise’ its collection rounds to make them as
efficient as possible.
The study has examined every detail, from the types of wagons used to how narrow streets
are in different areas.
The work has even taken into account how many right turns are made by wagons during a
typical round. This can slow progress on the round, as the driver often has to wait longer to
turn out of a junction and it can also delay other drivers waiting behind the wagon for the
vehicle to turn.
All this detailed information has been analysed and new rounds have been drawn-up to
make the very best use of resources – but this will mean the majority of residents will see a
change in their collection day:
Areas served by the Kendal depot (including Staveley, Burneside, Windermere,
Bowness, Sedbergh, Kirkby Lonsdale, Arnside, Milnthorpe, Beetham, Burton-in-
Kendal, Grasmere, Ambleside and Grange) will get any changes to collection days in
Areas served by the Ulverston depot (Including Coniston, Hawkshead, Broughton,
Ulverston, Greenodd and Swarthmoor) will get any changes to collection days in
The council will be writing to every household in the district to advise whether the collection
day will be changing.
The letters will arrive in a special GREEN envelope – so the council is urging residents to
look out for the green envelope and make sure they open it and read the letter to find out if
their collection day is changing.
The letter will explain in more detail about any new collection day, the date when the new
collections will start and will include a new calendar with the collection dates.
Not every resident in every area will be affected, but the majority will, so it is important that
residents keep an eye out for your green envelope to find out if the changes will affect them.
By introducing the new, more efficient rounds it will allow the council to continue its roll-out of
the plastic and cardboard kerbside collections to the rest of the district within existing
resources – allowing the council to deliver an improved service without extra cost to the
For example, once the new collection days have been introduced in Arnside, Kirkby
Lonsdale and Milnthorpe in September then these areas will be getting the new plastic and
cardboard kerbside collections, starting from October. Further details about this new service
will be sent out to affected residents nearer the time.