Please Note: This is a page from our Council News Archive and any information contained on this page will have been correct at the time of publication.

Households in Caistor were the first to receive their new purple-lidded bins this week

Purple-lidded bin delivered in Caistor

Residents took delivery of their brand-new purple recycling bins this week, which is for separate paper and cardboard collections.

As previously reported, West Lindsey is the third local authority to roll out a new twin stream recycling collection, following Boston Borough Council and North Kesteven District Council

Deliveries of the new bins will continue until Friday 1 April 2022 and the first collection is due to take place in the district on Monday 18 April.

Also, from this week, West Lindsey District Council’s operations team have started to add advisory tags to residents’ blue recycling bins if they have items in there that cannot be recycled in their bin at home. The bin will still be emptied, but it will help residents better understand what can and can’t be recycled at home.

Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr Owen Bierley said he was delighted to see the bins being delivered across the district. He said:

“I am looking forward to receiving my very own new recycling bin along with residents across the district. The roll out of the new separate paper and card recycling scheme is a critical step forward for West Lindsey as we move towards increasing our recycling rate and reducing levels of non-recyclable waste.

“I know there will be a period of time as we adjust to what can and cannot go into our bins but I hope our communities will embrace the change. I would like to thank our colleagues at Lincolnshire County Council for their support and knowledge in ensuring the smooth roll out of this project in West Lindsey.”

Cllr Daniel McNally, executive member for waste at Lincolnshire County Council, added:

“As the first new bins start to arrive, it’s now only six weeks until the first separate paper and card collections will take place in West Lindsey.

“It’s a good time for residents to re-familiarise themselves with what goes in each bin, and we’ve seen in Boston and North Kesteven how the advisory tags can help drastically cut contamination and improve our recycling.”

Advisory tags are being used to educate and help residents put the Right Thing in the Right Bin to help improve recycling rates. West Lindsey District Council will only be able to do this for a limited time. Residents should be aware that in future, bins that contain items that cannot be recycled in your home bins may not be collected.

Residents should now have received their house-holder pack, containing information on what can and cannot be recycled, and what should be placed in each bin. If you haven’t received yours then please email

As a reminder… 

Items which can be placed in the purple-lidded bins are:

  • Dry paper (no glue/paint)
  • Dry cardboard
  • Food packaging boxes (no grub)
  • Cardboard egg boxes
  • Envelopes (with/without plastic windows)
  • Junk mail
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Household packaging (toothpaste box, toilet roll tubes etc.)
  • Greeting cards and wrapping paper (no foil or glitter)

Items which cannot be placed in the purple-lidded bins are:

  • Takeaway pizza/food boxes
  • Shredded paper
  • Tissues/wipes/kitchen roll
  • Books
  • Cigarette packets
  • Wrapping paper (glittery/foil)

Did you know?

Over 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used in the UK each year. This accounts for 20% of all household waste produced in the UK, with the average family throwing away around 6 trees worth of paper every year. If every person in the country recycled just 10% more paper it would save approximately 5 million trees each year.

For more information on the purple-lidded bins please visit paper and card collections on our website.

For the full list of A-Z Waste please visit recycling and reducing waste.

For the latest news on West Lindsey District Council visit our council news pages

Follow us on X (formerly known as Twitter), find us on Facebook, or sign up to our newsletter