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Some Lincolnshire households set to have four waste bins

Residents of West Lindsey are to be given new purple-lidded wheelie bins for clean paper and card collections in the coming weeks.

Other recyclable items including glass, tins and plastic should go in the existing blue recycling bin.

West Lindsey District Council s the third Lincolnshire local authority to roll out a new twin stream recycling collection, following Boston Borough Council and North Kesteven District Council.

It means households will have two bins for separate types of recycling, plus the black bin for non-recyclables.

Some residents also have a green bin for garden waste.

Deliveries of the new purple-lidded bins are expected to take place between Monday, March 7 and Friday, April 1, 2022.

The first collection is due to take place in the district during the April bank holiday.

Householder packs, which include details of the new scheme and a handy guide on what can and cannot be recycled, will be sent to homes throughout February.

This is in addition to the bin calendars sent out last month which are colour-coded to show which bin should be presented each week.

Residents currently put their paper and cardboard in their blue recycling bin, but because it is mixed with other materials like plastic, glass and metals it often gets contaminated, reducing how effectively it can be recycled.

Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Councilor Owen Bierley said: “We know that the introduction of a new recycling bin will be a change for our local residents but I hope it is a change that everyone will embrace.

“We launched our new environment, sustainability and climate change strategy last year and so we know we need to take action now to look after our environment.

“This twin recycling scheme gives residents an opportunity to recycle better quality products.”

The council said it was taking the opportunity with the roll out to clean up what materials go into the blue bins to maximize the quality of recycling materials across the whole district.

Cllr Bierley added: “We are here to help our residents put the right thing in the right bin and break down some of the myths about what can be recycled locally.

“We have been promoting what items can go in the blue bins ahead of the new purple lidded bin roll out which has been welcomed by some residents already who genuinely didn’t know about some items.

“We want our residents to know that they are not on their own and we have a dedicated team available to offer advice and support during the roll out of the scheme.”

Councilor Daniel McNally, executive member for waste at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We’ve successfully rolled out the separate paper and card bins in Boston and North Kesteven, and now we’re looking forward to working with West Lindsey to bring the purple bins to the district.

“Separating out our paper and card means we can improve the overall quality of our recycling.

“And, by sending it directly to a specialist processor in the UK, we’re cutting the road miles it travels and reducing carbon emissions.”

The blue recycling bin will be collected four weekly, rather than the current fortnightly.

The new purple-lidded bin for paper and card will be collected in the alternate fortnight.

There are no current proposals to change any collection days.

For more information please visit www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/recycling

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