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Household Waste Recycling Centre

The Borough of Barrow-in-Furness is served by a Household Waste Recycling Centre / Household Disposal Site located just off the A590, 500 metres north of ASDA at:

Project Furness, Walney Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 5UY.

Contact details:

  • telephone - 0300 003 1118 or 01228 518129                    

This number should not be used for household waste collection queries

It is open to the public for the disposal of large items of household waste, furniture, domestic appliances and bulky garden waste every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. The opening hours are from 8am - 6pm, 7 days a week.

More information about the Project Furness site on the Cumbria CC web site.

Please note that to ensure that the site is used for domestic waste only, a free permit scheme has been introduced for larger vehicles and twin axle trailers.

The Household Waste Recycling Centre in Barrow (Project Furness) is run by Cumbria County Council Waste Management Team.

Household Waste Recycling Centre Permit Scheme

Since 16 October 2006 a Household Waste Recycling Centre Permit Scheme has been in operation at the Barrow site. If you drive a van, pickup, flatbed or tow a twin axle trailer (up to 3m long) you will need to obtain a free permit in advance of your visit to any HWRC.

Further information about the Household Waste Recycling Centre Permit Scheme, including how to apply for a permit.

Waste Carriers' Licences

Householders who employ tradesmen to carry out work on their house should check that the waste produced is to be handled in a responsible and legal manner.

If you hire builders, kitchen fitters, window fitters, gardeners, plumbers etc. who take waste away from your house, these contractors must have a Waste Carrier’s Licence. You should ask for their waste carrier number and to check its validity before engaging them.


On occasion rubbish can end up being fly tipped. If that’s the case, not only will the contractor be prosecuted, but the householder can be fined for failing to ensure that the waste was passed on to an authorised person.


The Environmental Health Department and the Environment Agency both offer the same advice; if your contractor says he will remove the rubbish and he is not registered, don’t employ him: engage someone who is.


As well as its regular programme of visiting all businesses and checking their trade waste documentation, Environmental Health Officers who are out and about in the Borough and who see contractors carrying out work check on waste arrangements.


If you have internet access you can check for yourself whether your contractor has a Waste Carrier’s Licence; go to http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/ and follow the ‘waste’ links.


You can ring the Environment Agency on 08708 506506 and ask for a Waste Carrier Validation Check.

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