Recycling and Waste Handbook
Download the pdf on the right of this page. - This handbook is a guide to what is expected from households for managing their waste. It includes information on: which items can go in each bin and box; the collection service for heavy or large items; the CRC (Community Recycling Centre/tip); composting; national campaigns to reduce waste: and how to find out about other things to do with your recycling and waste.
Find your refuse and recycling collection dates ! For Christmas and New Year collection dates please open the pdf. document on the right of this page, under the heading 'downloads'
Cans, plastic bottles, paper, cardboard and glass
In North East Lincolnshire recycling is collected from the doorstep of most properties in three coloured boxes for : cans with plastic bottles, paper with cardboard and glass. Collections take place every week.
Flats and multiple dwellings may have a mini recycling site for cans, paper and glass which are blue wheelie bins with red lids.
To find out when your collections are due type in your address on our Collections calendar. For more details of your triple recycling boxes including what is accepted for recycling please visit the Triple Boxes collection page. Excess cans, plastic bottles, paper and glass can be taken to the Community Recycling Centres or car park bring sites.
Storage ideas for boxes:
For storage ideas for these boxes please open the download on the right of this page - there are brackets for the wall, or a trolley.
Why not mixed recycling in one bin, or boxes with lids?
Some residents have suggested they would prefer one bin with different sections for all items. This option is not planned due to cost which would have to fall on the resident and this method is known to give higher levels of contamination. At the moment separate containers prove more cost effective and the quality of the materials for recycling is much better, so there is less waste with this method.
Some residents have had trouble with blown recycling on windy days, many residents have said they find that stacking the boxes prevents blown items. Lids are not an option for NEL again due to cost of supply and cost associated with lengthening of time required for collection.
Garden waste can be collected from the doorstep of most properties. Collections take place every fortnight March - November. Residents are notified each year about changes for the winter months. In 2013 garden waste collections stop at the end of November and start again at the beginning of March 2014.
To find out when your recycling collections are due type in your address on our Collections calendar. Your garden waste will not be collected if it contains the wrong items and you will be responsible for removing these items before collections resume. Only things that grow are classed as garden waste, not pots, not soil, not turf, not containers used to carry the waste to the bin.
Excess garden waste can be taken to the Community Recycling Centres, or a second bin can be ordered at a charge of £25 to cover the year for emptying, this will be fortnightly in the summer and Autumn. (price correct in 2013). Garden bins are not emptied in the winter months.
Plastic bottles can be placed in to your orange recycling box with your cans and aerosols, or they can be taken to one of 54 bring sites around the area, to be collected for recycling. These are situated in open areas such as car parks and at supermarkets. Please wash and squash the bottles and remove the lids. Thank you.
Further information about what plastic types can be recycled can be viewed in the document 'Plastic types (polymers) that can be collected for recycling in North East Lincolnshire' in the Downloads section to the right of the page.
Find your nearest Bring site for plastic bottles.
Please take all waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) to the Community Recycling Centres where it can be separated for recycling. Collections can be arranged for large, heavy or bulky items: see useful web pages on the right of this page and click to find the collection details: cost, days and where to present it.
Shoes and textiles can be taken to recycling banks around the area, or donated to charity shops. Some charity shops have textile recycling options, so check with them if you have items that are not suitable for re-use (for example if they have bleach marks, or rips, they are still good for textile recycling so please don't put them in the wheelie bin).
Food waste - some can be composted if you have a home compost heap, or you could buy a subsidised compost bin. Alternatively try a green cone which will break down food from a family of 4, whether it is cooked or uncooked. All nutrients are returned to the soil. It does not attract vermin and is safe for pets.
There are other options you might like to google, e.g. hot box, wormery, rocket
Please download the information from the right of this page.
What happens to other waste?
Household waste that cannot be recycled is collected in a green wheelie bin once a week. It is sent to the Energy from Waste facility near Stallingborough to be incinerated and produces electricity and steam. When the facility is closed for servicing etc. This waste goes to be put in the landfill site. Please avoid this by sending as much as you can for recycling. For more information on your general waste collections please visit the General waste bin page.
You can take other household waste to the Community Recycling Centres (council tips), as well as bulky waste. Please check if the materials are accepted before making a trip. If you are delivering items to the tip that might be reused, you can ask the staff if they would like to take the item for the monthly charity sale.
Please try to recycle as much as possible to stop landfill and save resources for future use. It isn't rubbish and shouldn't be buried if it can be re-used or turned into something else.
Important changes to the service in 2013
The council introduced weekly collections for properties with recycling boxes. For most properties this is on the same day as weekly collections of the waste that can't be recycled or re-used anywhere else at the moment.
Garden waste collections remain fortnightly except for the winter months of December to January when residents are informed of changes.
Important changes to the service in 2012
The council introduced a number of important changes to the waste collection service.
- All residents must recycle as much as possible using the triple boxes.
- Side waste (extra bagged waste) will not be collected. All waste needs to fit inside the green wheeled bin with the lid closed.
- Residents must pay for a second garden waste bin collection. All residents are allowed one bin for garden waste collected free of charge.
- Residents will be charged for replacement wheeled bins and recycling boxes
- Cardboard stopped being collected in garden waste to improve the composting quality.
- A leaflet was sent to every household in the area by the end of April giving full details of these changes.
If you have any queries please contact us using the Waste Hotline 01472 325841