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Recycling winter wonderland at Grimsby tip

8:00 am, Monday, 30th November 2020 - 4 years ago

Bins, waste and recycling

A magical, recycled Christmas kingdom awaits visitors to Grimsby Community Recycling Centre this December.

Staff at the Community Recycling Centre, also known as the CRC or tip, have given the site a festive, junk model makeover.

Grimsby and Immingham CRCs are open every day (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) from 8am to 6pm and 8am to 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Both sites are run by North East Lincolnshire Council’s waste management contractor Newlincs Development Ltd.

Most of the decorations are made using old tyres, traffic cones, drinks cans and other bits and pieces found at the site.

A tall, green Christmas tree greets visitors at the site entrance. Standing next to the tree is a snowman and an elf along with some of the Binion characters made earlier in the year.

There’s a trio of camels from a school nativity play and a pair of reindeer made from logs.

Recycling Winter Wonderland

Sharon Hunt, operations director at Newlincs Development Ltd, said:

“We are very pleased with the response we have had from members of the general public in relation to the Christmas decorations. The guys on site have really enjoyed dreaming up imaginative Christmas ideas, and are really proud of the Christmas tree outside the site.”

“Although the Grimsby site isn’t holding the usual monthly bring and buy and bike sales due to the COVID restrictions, they are still selling bicycles and a limited amount of bric-a-brac on a daily basis. The money generated has enabled us to continue to support the local charities throughout the pandemic.”

A group of three kings made of tyres with three camels from an old school nativity play.

Troy Grady, decorations director at the CRC, said:

“All the lads on site have had great fun getting the site ready for Christmas as we really wanted to cheer everyone up visiting the site with it being such a difficult year. We still have some more ideas but hopefully the site decorations will be completed in the next week or so.”

Troy added:

“We use anything that comes in. You’d be surprised how many Christmas decorations get tipped at the CRC, so we recycle them. Everything we’ve used is recycled and we’ve made absolutely stunning decorations for the whole site. It’s for the community, to make people smile.

“We want people to come to the site and smile. We want to really celebrate this year because it’s a special Christmas this year.

“People love it. It absolutely brightens all the crew up when we see people coming to the site smiling and saying how beautiful and good it looks.

“We haven’t finished yet, there are more plans in the pipeline. It’s like a Santa’s workshop on here at the minute. We are going to make it absolutely brilliant.

“The team we’ve got are working so hard to make sure everyone’s happy this year, which we need, which everyone needs. It’s Christmas, come on!”

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport at the Council, added:

“Well done to all the staff at Grimsby CRC, they’ve certainly given people something to smile about when they visit the site.

“The Christmas tree looks particularly impressive and has attracted a lot of attention.

“My thanks to all the staff for what they have done to try and bring a bit of cheer to the town during these difficult times.

“Both Grimsby and Immingham recycling centres are open daily.

“Please use them if you have excess waste and recycling to get rid of during the run up to Christmas.”

Grimsby CRC is in Estuary Way, Grimsby DN31 2UD. Immingham CRC is in Queens Road, Immingham DN40 1QR.

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A snowman made of tyres.

About 23,000 vehicles visit the recycling centres each month. The sites take about 638 tonnes of waste and recycling each month.

Visitor numbers and the weights collected vary from month to month. This year’s highest month was July with 26,800 visits. February is generally the lowest month with around 19,000 vehicles.

Visiting the tips

Grimsby CRC stayed open during both national lockdowns, but with some restrictions in place. The following restrictions remain in place:

  • No one in self-isolation or with coronavirus symptoms should visit the tips under any circumstances
  • Stay two metres away from our staff and other visitors to the site
  • Only one visit per day
  • Only one car allowed at a container at a time
  • Anyone who wants to dispose of a mattress must book in advance by calling 01472 326288 during office hours. Only a limited number are accepted each day.
  • Do not move to another container if another person is using it, wait until they are finished
  • All waste and recycling must be brought to the site in a vehicle
  • Assistance will not be given by the site attendants – please only bring waste that you are able to handle safely yourself
  • Maximum of two people in a vehicle
  • On your return from the site, please remember not to touch your face and to wash your hands for 20 seconds on arrival at your destination.
  • Maximum of three types of waste and/or recyclable materials will be accepted at any one time
  • Small quantities of wood/MDF can be brought to the site in a car, van or trailer
  • Soil and rubble (maximum of three bags per household per day)
  • If you’re using a commercial or large vehicle, register beforehand by visiting
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