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Temporary suspension of recycling collections in North East Lincolnshire

9:14 am, Monday, 31st July 2023 - 12 months ago

Bins, waste and recycling

Residents are advised not to put blue and grey recycling bins out until further notice as these will not be emptied.

The Council aims to resume normal service later this week (week commencing 14 August).

North East Lincolnshire Council suspended collections of recycling bins on Monday 31 July to help with a current backlog of collections.

UPDATE: 17 AUGUST: North East Lincolnshire Council set to resume recycling collections on Friday | NELC (

UPDATE: 11 AUGUST: Waste and recycling looks set to resume from mid-next week | NELC (

UPDATE: 4 AUGUST: Recycling collections backlog – clearing to begin next week | NELC (

UPDATE: 3 August: Update on waste and recycling collections: 3 Aug 2023 | NELC (

First announcement from 31 July

North East Lincolnshire Council has announced that collections of recycling bins will be suspended for two weeks from Monday 31 July to help with a current backlog of collections.

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, Cabinet member for the environment, said: “We know that there are hundreds of streets across the borough affected by the current backlog, and we’re sorry for the impact on residents. It’s important that we try to resolve the issues we’re experiencing quickly to get collections back on track, and get waste picked up and dealt with as it should be. Suspending recycling collections is part of our normal contingency plans when the service is disrupted for any reason, but it’s not a decision we take lightly.”

The waste service started experiencing delays in the last few weeks due to staffing issues and some streets are experiencing delays of one or more days.

The immediate staffing issues have been resolved, with additional permanent and temporary staff being set on in the last week. However, discussions are ongoing with the loading staff (those that put the bins on the back of the wagons) about working arrangements.

All available staff will be working to empty green bins for domestic waste and brown bins for garden waste only in the next two weeks.

“The teams are now fully staffed,” continued Cllr Swinburn, “But we need to focus our resources on domestic and garden waste collections until these services have caught up. Residents can help by squashing recycling before putting it in the bin, or taking excess waste to the tip.

“Household waste collections are a priority for the Council and we are taking this step to suspend the recycling collections to make sure we deliver a waste collection service for all our residents. We hope that this is a temporary issue, and future rounds will return to normal arrangements as soon as possible.”

Between Monday 31 July and Friday 11 August, residents are advised not to put blue and grey recycling bins out as these will not be emptied. However green and brown bin collection dates will remain the same, and residents should put these out as normal. If they are not collected, they should be taken in and put out again the next day. Deliveries of new or replacement bins have also been suspended during this period.

General advice:

If there’s not enough room in your recycling bin to wait for another month, the advice is to put recycling in their green bin temporarily, and it will be taken away with household waste. Any waste from the green bins is used to generate electricity at the energy from waste plant.

Household recycling can also be taken to the Community Recycling Centres (CRCs or tips) in Grimsby and Immingham.

If bins are not emptied in your street, please do not call us. Put your bins out by 7am the next day and we will empty them as soon as we can.

Please do not leave unemptied recycling bins in the street, bring them back onto your property.

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