New recycling bins are now in use at about 38,500 homes across North East Lincolnshire.
North East Lincolnshire Council is working with a specialist distribution company to deliver a pair of new bins to about 73,000 households by mid-November.
Bins are arriving at homes in parts of Scartho, Haverstoe, East Marsh, Heneage and Healing this week.
Households in parts of The Willows, Bradley, Nunsthorpe, Sidney Sussex, Humberston, East Marsh, West Marsh and Waltham will be receiving new bins in the next couple of weeks.
People can check their delivery date by visiting the recycling bins page at www.nelincs.gov.uk/bins. Some new build homes, communal properties and houses with no front garden will not appear on the calendar.
Next week is Recycle Week so it’s a great time to start using the new bins. Recycle Week runs from 21 to 27 September and this year’s theme is ‘Together – We Recycle’. It’s a thank you to the nation for continuing to recycle despite the challenges of COVID-19.
Using your new bins
All bins come with an instructional leaflet. Copies of the leaflet are also on the recycling bins page of the council website at www.nelincs.gov.uk/bins.
Households start using their new bins as soon as they arrive. They replace the three recycling boxes.
Mark your bin with your house number and make a note of the unique reference number on the side of the bins, so you know which is yours.
Collection days will remain the same for most homes until early 2021. There are no changes to collections for household waste, garden waste or collections from communal bins.
Households can help by making sure the recycling is put in the right bin when it arrives. Symbols on the bin lids clearly show what goes in each bin.
Paper and card go in the blue wheelie bin. It replaces the blue box. Plastic bottles, food tins and drink cans and glass bottles and jars go in the grey wheelie bin.
Most people are using the bins properly, but a small number have put items including nappies, household waste and even parts of a sofa in the blue bin.
This contaminates the whole load and can mean the paper and card can’t be recycled.
Bin crews will not empty the bins for people who put the wrong items in them.
What happens to existing recycling boxes?
North East Lincolnshire Council is working with Stallingborough-based recycling company Grimsby Granulation Ltd to collect and recycle the unwanted boxes. The boxes are ground into pellets ready to be used to make new products.
A team from Grimsby Granulation Ltd is following the council’s waste crews and taking the boxes that are left out on the first collection days with the new bins.
They carry cards to show they are working with the council. There have been reports of other people taking the boxes.
Unwanted boxes can also be returned to the Community Recycling Centres in Grimsby or Immingham.
Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:
“We’re now halfway through the delivery of the new recycling bins. With the new service we’re helping people recycle more and waste less.
“I’d like to thank everyone who is using the bins correctly, we’ve made the transition as simple as possible.
“I’m disappointed that a small number of households are choosing to put nappies and other waste in their blue bin.
“There’s no excuse for this and it spoils the effort most people are putting in to recycle. Our crews won’t empty bins if people put the wrong items in them.”
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