West Lindsey residents praised for putting ‘right thing, in the right bin’!

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

West Lindsey District Council has praised residents after a successful first week of purple-lidded bin collections!

Figures show that a staggering 98.5 per cent of all the new bins presented at the kerbside since Monday 18 April 2022 were emptied.

Leader of West Lindsey District Council Cllr Owen Bierley was delighted with how the first week had gone. He said:

“These figures demonstrate that our residents have really embraced our new twin recycling scheme. I would love to thank everyone for their support so far and hope to see this fantastic work continue. We know we are asking people to make changes to how they present their waste but it means we can recycle more quality material, which is better for our environment.”

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

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.

Council staff have been out and about checking bins and talking to residents when they have seen items not suitable for the purple lidded bins. This has helped people to understand what can and cannot go in their purple lidded bins.

For example, 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.  

Waste that is placed in black bins is sent to the Energy from Waste plant at North Hykeham where it’s turned into clean electricity and fed back to the grid.

Cllr Daniel McNally, executive councillor for waste at Lincolnshire County Council, said:

“Really pleased to see the first purple-lidded bin collections going so well in West Lindsey. Thank you to local residents for putting the right thing in the right bin.

“We can now send all that clean and dry paper and card that has been collected to a specialist recycler, where it will be made into another high-quality paper product and used all over again.”

Residents are now reminded to check what items they are putting into their blue recycling bins to ensure their bins are all collected.

From Monday 2 May 2022 the Council will not empty bins with incorrect items including paper and card as it continues its campaign to reduce contamination of its recycling materials.

What can go in the blue recycling bin?

Cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, metal cans and tins, foil, aerosols, cleaning product bottles, toiletry bottles, plastic pots, tubs and trays, cartons, bottle lid tops, all clean, dry, squashed and loose

All these items will be taken to the recycling plant in Lincolnshire.  

What can not go in your blue bin?

Paper and cardboard, soft plastics such as film/crisp packets, food pouches, plastic bags, batteries or electrical items, polystyrene, clothes and textiles, hard plastics such as old toys, plant pots and no black or brown plastic food trays.

Residents are also reminded that no side waste will be taken from any of the waste collections in West Lindsey.

For more information on what goes in the right bin, please refer to your ‘Right Thing, Right Bin’ leaflet or visit A to Z of waste disposal


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