A proposed twin-stream recycling trial in Lincolnshire has been given the go-ahead.
7,500 homes will trial the system which will see paper and card collected separately from other recyclable materials from September 2, in a bid to boost the quality and amount of paper recycled.
The trial was under consideration by Boston borough council, North Kesteven district council and South Holland district council – and was approved at a meeting of the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership on July 11 (see letsrecycle.com story).
Cllr Eddy Poll, chairman of the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership, said the trial was a chance to “do something differently” in the effort to improve recycling rates.
He added: “By having a separate bin/bag we will be able to collect dry paper and card, and avoid it being contaminated by other items in the recycling bins and bags.
“Mainly this is broken glass, liquid left in tins and food waste. These contaminants have been affecting the fibres of the paper, making it really difficult to fully recycle.”
Cllr Poll noted that lower contamination would not only have a positive environmental impact, but it would generate money for the council by allowing them to sell on a high-quality marketable product. This income could be spent on other council services.
Bags and bins
The households chosen to take part were selected to represent a mix of property types and demographics.
“We believe that the system of separated recyclable waste will be a better solution for the environment.”
Residents selected for the trial in the South Holland area will be given purple bags for their paper which will be collected fortnightly. Those in Boston and North Kesteven will receive a purple 240 litre wheeled bin which will be collected every four weeks, as will the rest of their recyclable waste.
The Waste Partnership – which is made up of all district councils in Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire county council – suggests that materials such as brochures, cardboard boxes, newspapers and magazines, junk mail and envelopes, catalogues and paper be put in the new bags and bins.
Cllr Poll continued: “We understand that the trial scheme will require some changes to the way people recycle.
“While this scheme will mean more containers for the households affected, we believe that the system of separated recyclable waste will be a better solution for the environment.”