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From a Sinclair C5 to a replica electric chair – here are the strangest items brought to the tip in 2023

5:01 pm, Wednesday, 10th January 2024 - 2 months ago

Bins, waste and recycling

Residents of North East Lincolnshire bring a whole range of items to the tip.

Most are predictable from old toys and bikes to sofas and soil. However, every now and again there are a few unusual items that find their way on to the site.

Throughout 2023, the Community Recycling Centres at Grimsby and Immingham have had the fair share of oddities. Some of the more interesting ones include:

  • A 1914 German World War One bombshell which have been made into a coal bucket
  • A Sinclair C5
  • A children’s tandem bicycle
  • A 1940s American wooden Bob Sleigh
  • Stuffed ducks
  • Replica electric chair

As well as these finds, there has been a number of random items that have come through the gates over the course of the year.

Operational teams have come across all sorts like a small vintage battery powered bike; two brand new zebra print bar stools and even some nostalgic Street Sharks toys from the late 90s cartoon programme.

Some of these items were also available to purchase on site with Bric-A-Brac and Bike Sales available daily with proceeds going to local charities.

Two zebra print bar stools are just some of the strange items brought to the tip in 2023

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport added: “Our Community Recycling Centres are exceptional in helping achieve the Council’s aims for the local environment.

“Reselling these items and finding a new use for them helps to promote our goal of becoming more sustainable.

“What the teams are doing by giving these proceeds to local charities is fantastic too. It’s a great example of how they go that extra mile for the people of North East Lincolnshire.”

For the full opening times and a list of what you can and can’t bring to both Community Recycling Centres, go to Recycling centres (the tip) | NELC (

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