17 February 2021 by Steve Eminton

NE Lincs to collect paper on four-weekly basis

North East Lincolnshire council is launching a new recycling service from 8 March which will see the authority collect paper separately on a four-weekly basis.

The council will also collect other dry recyclables every four weeks and this collection will, from March, include pots, tubs and trays; the recycling collections will alternate so residents will get one of their recycling bins emptied every two weeks.

The materials will go to a sorting plant run for Palm Paper with the newspaper and other suitable material going for use at the company’s Norfolk mill. Pots tubs and trays will be reprocessed in the UK. Waste and recycling is collected by NE Linc’s in-house team with recycling and disposal organised through the council’s waste management contractor, Newlincs Development Ltd.

Blue bins for paper will be emptied every four weeks – residual waste is collected fortnightly


The change to a four weekly separate recycling system comes as part of an overall aim by Lincolnshire county council to collect paper separately (see letsrecycle.com story)

Residents in North East Lincolnshire are being posted a new bin day calendar with collection dates also online at www.nelincs.gov.uk/bins

For the revised service, larger 240 litre bins for recyclables have been delivered to households.  A blue 240l bin will be for paper and card while a grey bin will be for plastic bottles, cans and glass and also the pots, tubs and trays. Household waste bins will continue to be emptied fortnightly.

The authority said that “When we consulted on recycling in 2019, the two recycling bin option had the highest number of people who said they strongly support it. The overall size of a 240 litre and a 180 litre bin is very similar, so a smaller bin would not make a lot of difference.”

Explaining the change, this month, NE Lincs said that “Switching to a four-weekly collection schedule makes the rounds more efficient. It also helps reduce the time the council’s vehicles are on the roads and keeps running costs down.”

NE Lincs has won awards for its recycling and waste services


Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “We’re now delivering on the second stage of our project to revolutionise waste recycling collections in North East Lincolnshire. From 8 March 2021, we’re introducing new collection rounds to make them more efficient and accepting plastic pots, tubs and trays in the grey recycling bin.

“When we finished consulting on our waste strategy last year, the most strongly supported option for recycling collections was two recycling bins collected monthly. “People also told us they wanted to recycle more types of plastic. We listened to what people told us and we’re now making that happen.”

Food waste

Cllr Swinburn added: “The third and final stage of the project is to start a weekly food waste trial on one of our rounds later in the spring. We’ll use the information and experience gathered from this pilot to support the Government’s plans to introduce mandatory weekly food waste collections in England by 2023.”

NE Lincs has a population of approx 160,000 and includes the town of Grimbsy in its area.


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