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Weekly recycling pilot to be rolled out to 1,500 homes in North East Lincolnshire

North East Lincolnshire Council is carrying out a pilot of weekly recycling collections at a number of homes across the borough.

  • 1,533 homes in five wards to take part in new weekly recycling pilot
  • Homes will have a new black wheelie bin for cans and plastic bottles
  • They will also have a large orange recycling bag for paper and card
  • The bin and bag are much larger than the current blue and orange recycling boxes
  • Trial last for 12 weeks from the week starting 28 January
  • The Council is writing to homes in the pilot areas to let them know about the changes
  • Recycling will be taken every week during the trail
  • There is no change to green bin collections for general household waste.

More than 1,500 households in five wards will be part of the trial over a 12-week period, which sees a different way of collecting recycling.

The pilot will start the week beginning 28 January and will run until the week ending 19 April.

Households in the pilot streets will have a new black wheelie bin for cans and plastic bottles and a large orange recycling bag for paper and card to replace the blue and orange recycling boxes.These are larger than the current recycling boxes and can hold a lot more. The orange bag also has a flap to use as a lid.

Recycling will be taken every week during the trial. There is no change to green bin collections for general household waste.

The council will trial the new weekly collections at 1,533 properties in five wards:
• 308 properties in the Haverstoe ward
• 246 properties in the Heneage ward
• 178 properties in Laceby (Wolds ward)
• 300 in the West Marsh ward
• 501 in the Freshney ward

Councillor Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for environment, said: “This is a pilot project and we’re monitoring what happens. The trial will help us learn more about the rubbish people throw away or recycle. It will also help us choose the right vehicle for waste collections.
“It lasts for 12 weeks and we will be asking for feedback from the homes taking part to help shape the service in the future.
“When we’re planning how we collect recyclables, we need to make sure it’s simple for people to sort their waste and cut the risk of cross contamination, but we must also consider the type of vehicles needed to collect it, how it works for the crew and the market for recyclable materials.
“It’s clear the current three-box system is unpopular, especially on windy days, and we need to find a system which ideally has better capacity and is weather proof, the recent challenges over the Christmas period have confirmed this, and we must do everything to reduce the risk of this happening again this year.”

Councillor Steve Beasant, chairman of the overview and scrutiny committee, said: “This is a great opportunity for people to help change recycling habits across North East Lincolnshire.
“Staff will visit homes to offer advice and gather people’s views to see where improvements can be made.
“Once the trial is over, the homes in the pilot areas will revert back to the normal waste and recycling collections.
“We listen to what you tell us and we are improving a range of services to make them more efficient, more user-friendly and more sustainable for the future.”

The properties in the pilot streets range from terraced properties without front gardens, terraced properties with front gardens, semi-detached properties and detached properties.

The council is writing to households in the pilot areas to let them know about the changes. A black wheelie bin and a large recycling sack will be delivered to homes in the pilot area.

Green boxes will still be used to collect glass and green wheelie bins will still be used for general waste.

For more details, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/recycling-pilot

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