Almost half of homes in North East Lincolnshire are now using new wheelie bins as part of an overhaul of the area’s recycling collections.
A specialist distribution company started delivering recycling bins on 28 July. They are seven weeks into their 15-week roll out. About 30,000 households now have a pair of new recycling bins.
Households in parts of Scartho, New Waltham, Sidney Sussex, Bradley, Laceby Acres, Yarborough, Haverstoe, East Marsh, Heneage and Healing are among those receiving bins this week and next.
Check your delivery date
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.
North East Lincolnshire Council is writing to properties without a front garden and restricted access to the rear garden to let them know what is happening with their recycling collections. Households in these areas where space is a problem will be asked if they would like to sign up for the new bins or keep using the recycling boxes.
Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:
“Reaching the halfway stage is a real milestone for us in the introduction of the new bins.
“Delivering two bins to about 73,000 homes is an enormous task, but we should be done by November, giving households the new bins before the busy Christmas period.
“Each bin holds about the same as six of the recycling boxes and they have lids to help stop rubbish blowing into the streets, which was a big drawback with the boxes.
“We’ve had some great feedback from people saying their streets look a lot cleaner.
“It’s probably the biggest change for waste and recycling collections since wheelie bins were first introduced more than 20 years ago. We’re making it easier for people to recycle more.”
Comments sent in by local people
Resident from Huddleston Road, Grimsby: “The new bins service is a much improved method of collection, first time in a long time that the street has been so clean after a collection, thank you for listening.”
Resident from Warwick Road, Cleethorpes: “I would like to thank the [team] who have just delivered our new recycling bins. They have got the routine down to a fine art and are so quick and efficient at getting the bins delivered to the residents. They do a really hard job and praise is not very often given to them for a job well done so a pat on the back to all of them is well deserved in my opinion.”
Using your new bins
All bins come with an instructional leaflet. Copies of the leaflet are also on the recycling bins page of 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.
There are no changes to collection dates or for the materials collected, but the Council will begin taking a wider range of plastics and change the collection cycle early in 2021.
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.
Sign up for email updates about waste and recycling at www.nelincs.gov.uk/BinUpdates.
What happens to existing recycling boxes?
Households can keep their recycling boxes as storage tubs, planters or find other uses for them.
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.
Leave your unwanted boxes with the new recycling bins on the first recycling collection day.
Unwanted boxes can also be returned to the Community Recycling Centres in Grimsby or Immingham.