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Bin days are changing

2:57 pm, Monday, 15th February 2021 - 3 years ago

Bins, waste and recycling
  • Bin days are changing in North East Lincolnshire
  • Recycle plastic pots, tubs and trays from 8 March
  • New collection calendars on their way to homes across the borough

Waste and recycling collection days in North East Lincolnshire are changing from 8 March.

North East Lincolnshire Council is posting a new bin day calendar to all households in the borough.

From 22 February, people can check their dates online at

The Council kept collection dates the same during the deliveries of the new recycling bins, but this was a temporary measure until the roll out was complete.

Switching to a four-weekly collection schedule makes the rounds more efficient. It also helps reduce the time the Council’s vehicles are on the roads and keeps running costs down.

There are no changes to the frequency of green bin collections. There are no changes to chargeable garden waste collections for most subscribers.

Recycle more plastics

As well as changing the rounds, the Council will also take more types of plastic in the grey recycling bin.

From 8 March, please put plastic pots, tubs and trays in your grey recycling bin. Wash them first to stop your bin from smelling. The Council can’t recycle black plastics, they go in the green bin.

You can fit much more recycling in your bins by flattening cardboard boxes and squashing plastic bottles and drinks cans.

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“We’re now delivering on the second stage of our project to revolutionise waste recycling collections in North East Lincolnshire.

“From 8 March 2021, we’re introducing new collection rounds to make them more efficient and accepting plastic pots, tubs and trays in the grey recycling bin.

“When we finished consulting on our waste strategy last year, the most strongly supported option for recycling collections was two recycling bins collected monthly.

“People also told us they wanted to recycle more types of plastic.

“We listened to what people told us and we’re now making that happen.

“The third and final stage of the project is to start a weekly food waste trial on one of our rounds later in the spring.

“We’ll use the information and experience gathered from this pilot to support the Government’s plans to introduce mandatory weekly food waste collections in England by 2023.

“We’re already seeing big increases in the amounts of recycling we collect since we introduced the new bins.

“I’d like to thank everyone who is making the effort to waste less and recycle more.” 

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New bins

The new bins are very large, with a volume of 240 litres. One of the new bins holds the same amount of recycling as about six of the old recycling boxes. People can fit more in their bins by flattening cardboard boxes and squashing plastic bottles and drinks cans.

The four-weekly collection represents an increase of 57 per cent capacity compared to two of the old blue recycling boxes collected fortnightly.

The four-weekly collection of plastic, cans and glass represents an increase of 29 per cent compared to amounts the average household previously presented at the kerbside using the boxes.

Grimsby and Immingham Community Recycling Centres are open daily from 8am to 6pm for extra household waste and recycling.

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