No change to waste collections for the VE Day bank holiday
North East Lincolnshire Council is reminding people that their household waste and recycling collections will continue as normal as we head into the VE Day Bank Holiday.
Collections of rubbish and recycling will take place as usual on Friday 8 May.
Households should leave their bins out for collection by 7am and make sure they are clear of obstacles such as parked vehicles.
Bin crews are collecting between 20 and 50 per cent more household waste and recycling than they usually do at this time of year.
They collected 200 tonnes more household waste and recycling in the first three weeks of the lockdown compared to the same period last year.
Bin crews are key workers and they’ve been overwhelmed by the support from the public as they pull out all the stops to keep up with the extra demand without disruption to rounds.
Here are 12 tips on how you can help:
- Check www.nelincs.gov.uk/coronavirus regularly for updates on any changes to waste and recycling collections. Sign up to have updates sent directly at www.nelincs.gov.uk/COVID-19-notifications
- Please make sure that all domestic waste is put in sealed bags first and that your green bin lid is firmly closed. Don’t leave extra bags of rubbish with your bin
- We will collect up to five recycling boxes as long as they are presented correctly. Please don’t leave large cardboard boxes or other items that don’t fit inside the recycling boxes. Squash plastic bottles and tins to fit more in your orange box. Break down cardboard to fit in your blue box.
- Minimise the amount of rubbish, recycling and food waste you produce. Every bit we can reduce will make a real difference to maintaining a good collection service for everyone. Find tips for reducing food waste at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com. Visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/recycling to find out what you can and can’t recycle.
- Avoid having a big ‘clear-out’ while at home as this will only create more rubbish and recycling for our workers to collect. Bulky waste collections start again on 4 May for items such as furniture, white goods and mattresses. Book online at www.nelincs.gov.uk/BulkyWaste.
- Check restrictions at the Community Recycling Centres before making an unnecessary journey. Only visit if it is absolutely necessary – store your waste and recycling at home if you can do it safely.
- Park sensibly so our bin wagons can drive into your street. Many more people are at home, and parked cars may restrict access to bins for our collection crews, making their job more difficult and increasing the likelihood that bins cannot be emptied.
- Don’t stop recycling. With the global economy disrupted, it’s more important than ever to recycle your paper, card, plastic, cans and glass to ensure that valuable resources are recycled and made into new products for people to buy.
- All charity shops are now closed so please do not leave donations on their doorsteps. But remember charity shops will be very grateful for donations once the crisis is over.
- Do not burn your waste at home. This creates air pollution that could harm people nearby who may already have breathing difficulties. There is also the danger that fires could get out of control. Fire services around the country are reporting an increase in callouts due to garden fires.
- When putting out your waste and recycling containers, there are a few things you can do to ensure you’re doing this as safely as possible:
- Keep your distance when our workers are collecting your waste and recycling.
- Disinfect your bag, bin, box and caddy handles again, before and after collection.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after handling and disinfecting your bags, bins, boxes and caddies.
- Put wipes, cloths, gloves, etc. used for cleaning your bags, bins, boxes and caddies into your non-recyclable waste bin or bag, as these can’t be recycled.
- If you’re self-isolating and feeling unwell, double-bag your personal waste (such as tissues) and put aside for at least 72 hours (3 days) before putting them out for collection.
- Do not put tissues into your recycling as they cannot be recycled.
- Disinfect your bag, bin, box and caddy handles before and after you touch them.
- Put your bags, bins, boxes and caddies out
Tips for dealing with garden waste
It’s much better for your neighbours and the environment to compost garden waste instead of burning it.
- Sign up for garden waste collections at www.nelincs.gov.uk/gardenwaste
- Leave your lawn for longer before you mow it
- Let the grass grow to create a mini meadow – it’s great for wildlife
- Make a mulch with your grass clippings
- Make compost at home and give yourself a free supply of nutrient-rich soil
- Spread out grass cuttings to dry for a few days before putting in your green bin – this avoids making the bin heavy and reduces any smells from rotting.
- If you are cutting back trees and bushes, use the branches as supports for other plants later in the year.