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Residents to remember 'right thing, right bin' ready for their first purple-lidded bin collections!

Image showing a person recycling paper and cardboard by placing it in a purple-lidded bin.

Residents will start to present their new purple lidded bins containing only paper and cardboard at the kerbside in West Lindsey from Monday 18 April.

The first collections of the new twin recycling scheme will get under way next week and West Lindsey District Council would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone in advance.

Many people have embraced the new separate paper and card collections and have asked lots of questions to ensure they are fully prepared for the roll out.

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. Lincolnshire County Council has a countywide mission to roll out the new scheme across the whole of Lincolnshire by 2024.

Only dry and clean paper and cardboard should go in the new purple-lidded bin, for example frozen food boxes, newspapers, envelopes, magazines, junk mail and cardboard parcel packaging. They should all go in loose and not bagged. Bins containing anything other than paper and cardboard will not be collected.

Councillor Owen Bierley, leader of West Lindsey District Council welcomes the new purple-lidded bin collections.

He said:

“I’d like to thank all West Lindsey residents for their continuous hard work ensuring that they are putting the right thing in the right bin. I understand that such a change is sometimes not easy.

“As separate paper and cardboard collections start, it is important to remember that the new scheme is a significant step forwards for the district, as we move towards increasing our recycling rate and reduce levels of non-recyclable waste.”

Paper and cardboard that has been shredded, become dirty or greasy, such as takeaway pizza boxes or fast food containers should go into your black bin, along with tissues and kitchen roll, cigarette packets and glittery or foiled wrapping paper/greetings cards as they cannot be recycled.  

This waste goes to the Energy from Waste plant at North Hykeham where it’s turned into electricity and fed back to the grid.

Councillor Daniel McNally, executive member for waste at Lincolnshire County Council, said:

“I want to extend my thanks to residents in West Lindsey for doing their bit to help improve recycling in Lincolnshire. As the first paper and card collections start, please just take a second over the next few weeks to make sure you’re putting the right thing in the right bin, and helping to reduce contamination.

“Remember, if you’re at all unsure whether something can be recycled at home, leave it out, and then check it out in the Right Thing Right Bin leaflet, or on West Lindsey’s website.”

For more information on what goes in the right bin, please refer to your Right Thing, Right Bin leaflet or visit our A to Z of Waste Disposal portal.

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.

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