After Santa has left gifts and you’ve gobbled up the turkey, spare a thought for your bin crew and street cleansing teams who clear away 500 tonnes more rubbish in the festive season.
Our waste and street cleansing teams will hit the streets at 7am the day after Boxing Day to collect leftover turkey carcasses, reams of wrapping paper and mountains of polystyrene packaging.
A bin crew worker will typically walk 10 miles a day in all weathers collecting and hauling about 10 tonnes of waste and recycling.
During the Christmas holiday the team takes an extra 122 tonnes of dry recycling and 400 tonnes of household waste than they would in a usual month – about the same weight as 130 cars.
It’s a tough, smelly job and at Christmas time the teams are faced with 500 tonnes more rubbish than usual.
North East Lincolnshire Council is hiring new bin crew workers before Christmas to help with the demands of the holiday season.
How you can help
You can help the bin crews through the Christmas holiday by following these simple tips:
- Plan ahead and think about how you are going to dispose of your waste this Christmas
- Check your Christmas and New Year collection calendar
- Leave your bins and boxes out by 7am at the boundary of your property
- Most people manage their household waste well, but if you have too much rubbish for your bins and boxes, check you’re recycling as much as you can.
- Take any excess waste to the Community Recycling Centre in Grimsby or Immingha
- Last year we had problems after some people dumped their rubbish at the bring-to recycling banks – this is fly-tipping and it’s illegal
- Breakdown cardboard boxes and remove all polystyrene, bubble wrap and other packaging before disposing of them
- If you live in a narrow street, park tight against the kerb, fold in wing mirrors, don’t park at a junction and never park on double yellow lines. Our bin wagons are big and need a gap of 3m (10ft) to pass safely, about the same as a fire engine. We can’t empty the bins when cars block the street.
Councillor Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for environment, transport and energy, said:
“Christmas is a wonderful time but unfortunately there are no magic elves to spirit away the extra rubbish that comes with it.
“That job falls to our bin crew workers who come under extra pressure at this time of year to collect 400 tonnes more household waste and 122 tonnes more dry recycling than usual.
“They’re on the frontline when it comes to looking after the environment and Christmas is an exceptionally busy time for them.
“We’re taking on new members of staff before Christmas to help cope with the extra demand during the festive season.
“You can help, too. Please consider what you’re throwing away this Christmas and New Year and think about your bin crew.”
Councillor Steve Beasant, chairman of the overview and scrutiny committee, added:
“Our bin collection team work extremely hard to empty thousands of bins each day – often walking 50 miles a week dragging heavy bins and heaving recycling boxes.
“The work they do is vital to keeping North East Lincolnshire clean and safe.
“Please be patient during the Christmas holiday and do what you can to help them get the job done.”
What happens to your waste
Bin wagons leave the Gilbey Road depot in Grimsby at 7am ready for household waste and recycling collections.
The crews empty more than 7,300 wheelie bins and more than 22,000 recycling boxes a day – in all sorts of weather.
Workers from the street cleansing team spend much of their time at Christmas clearing rubbish that has been fly-tipped.
Only a small amount of the waste collected is sent to landfill. Between April and October 2018, 20 per cent was recycled, 56 per cent was sent to the Energy from Waste Plant and 18 per cent was composted – only six per cent was sent to landfill.
All households in the borough have been sent a Christmas card with their holiday collection dates.
As well as collection dates, the card is used to make people aware of the need for more foster carers in the area and also where to go for advice on home energy.
It also includes a helpline number for domestic abuse, as there are a spike in incidents at this time of year.
Christmas and New Year waste and recycling collections
|Normal Collection Day||Revised Collection|
|Monday 24 December||Friday 21 December||or||Normal Day|
|Tuesday 25 December||Monday 24 December||or||Thursday 27 December|
|Wednesday 26 December||Thursday 27 December||or||Friday 28 December|
|Thursday 27 December||Normal Day||or||Friday 28 December|
|Friday 28 December||Thursday 27 December||or||Normal Day|
|Monday 31 December||Normal Day||or||Wednesday 2 January|
|Tuesday 1 January||Monday 31 December||or||Wednesday 2 January|
|Wednesday 2 January||Normal Day||or||Thursday 3 January|
|Thursday 3 January||Wednesday 2 January||or||Normal Day|
|Friday 4 January||Normal Day||or||Monday 7 January|
Community Recycling Centre opening hours
Queens Road, Immingham, and Estuary Way, Grimsby.
Monday 24 December 2018 8am to 4pm
Tuesday 25 December CLOSED
Wednesday 26 December CLOSED
Thursday 27 – 30 December 8am to 6pm
Monday 31 December 8am to 4pm
Tuesday 1 January 2019 CLOSED
Wednesday 2 January onwards 8am to 6pm