North East Lincolnshire Council

Look out for your rainbows! Children’s drawings go up on council bin lorries

North East Lincolnshire Council is thanking everyone who has sent in their rainbow drawings as dozens of pictures go up on the council’s bin lorries.

Drawings are going up on a number of wagons in a bid to bring some positivity and brightness to the borough’s streets during these difficult times.

Some bin crew workers have also been donning their own children’s rainbow drawings on their hi-visibility jackets while out on their rounds.

People in different parts of the borough have also been leaving ‘thank you’ notes on their bins to show their gratitude.

Staff from across the council’s environment services team are continuing to carry out their vital duties as they adapt to new working methods due to social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Bin crews provide an essential service and have changed the way they work to help keep the service running during the pandemic.

A series of substantial changes are in place to help keep them safe even when they have to share a cab with colleagues.

There has been little disruption to waste and recycling collections so far but that could change.

Plans are in place to keep the service running, including bringing in colleagues from other parts of the council to cover absences.

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said:

“I’d like to send my thanks to all our staff for the wonderful job they continue to carry out under these awful circumstances.

“But I’d also like to thank those that sent in their lovely drawings. Within just a matter of days of putting a call-out to the public for their rainbow drawings, we were thrilled with all the pictures that were sent to us.

“During these very difficult times, it’s fantastic that we can brighten up the streets of North East Lincolnshire with colourful drawings of rainbows on our lorries.

“We thought it would be really nice to put as many of them as we can into a big montage to display on the side of our bin wagons to make a giant, rolling gallery of them for everyone to enjoy.”

Here’s how households can help our bin crews:

  • Wash your hands after handling your bins and boxes, our waste staff touch over 600 each per day
  • Please make sure that all domestic green bin waste is put in sealed bags first and that your bin lid is firmly closed
  • Don’t leave extra bags of rubbish with your bin or boxes
  • We will collect up to five recycling boxes as long as they are presented correctly
  • Don’t leave large cardboard boxes or other items that don’t fit inside the recycling boxes
  • Park sensibly so our bin wagons can drive into your street.

For people suffering with symptoms associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) or self-isolating at home, there are Public Health England guidelines regarding the disposal of waste.

This includes sealing personal waste such as tissues and disposable cleaning cloths in smaller plastic bags and storing them for 72 hours before putting them in a black bag which goes in the green bin.

There are more details on the Government’s website at

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