A planned change to bin collections will affect more than 68,000 residents in a Lincolnshire district. From early February 2024, binmen in South Kesteven will collect paper and cardboard separately from domestic household recycling.
Residents in towns such as Grantham, Stamford and Bourne will need to chuck their paper and cardboard in a new, purple-lidded bin. Richard Wyles, the district council’s deputy chief executive, said: “Together, we need to do all we can to help our environment by reducing the amount of waste we produce and reusing items where we can.
“Our trained SKDC team, in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council, will work hard to help everyone get ready for this change, and we are already hosting information roadshows across the district to put people in the picture.” The new bins will start to be delivered to people’s homes in the coming weeks, the council says.
An information pack will also be posted out, explaining what goes in each bin. Under the new system, the clean, dry paper and card will be taken to a dedicated paper mill for recycling into paper-based products.
Paper or card that has been contaminated by other kinds of waste cannot be recycled. They currently go into a mixed recycling bin and can become contaminated with food waste, liquid or broken glass, which makes it impossible to recycle efficiently, the council says.
Until February, residents should continue using their silver recycling bins. South Kesteven District Council is one of the last to implement the purple-lidded bin scheme.
Such bins have already been rolled out in North Kesteven, East Lindsey, West Lindsey, and the borough of Boston.