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Guidance issued on what can and can’t go in bins this Halloween

Halloween is a great opportunity to have some fun with friends and family – but, like with Christmas, there can be plenty of wrapping left over. There could be a lot to sort through, and councils have reminded residents what can and can’t go in which bin.

The team at North Kesteven District Council said that all the extra items and packaging can cause problems if they end up in the wrong bins at home and is urging revellers to be vigilant. In its latest round of guidance, the authority has pointed to six key areas to be watchful of, with most products needing to go in the black bin.

Decorations, such as faux wreaths and plastic pumpkins, should go in the black bin to be made into electricity in North Hykeham. If they have electronics or batteries inside, then they should be taken to a household waste recycling centre instead.

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Electronics or anything with wires and batteries inside should never go in a household bin, the council says. The council added: “Could they go on to spook again? Give them to a charity shop now if so.”

Likewise, hard plastics – including Halloween masks, toys, props and plastic buckets used to collect treats – should stay out of recycling bins. They should go in the black bin, or be donated if in good condition.

Costumes in good condition should also be donated or taken to recycling centres. Otherwise, they should go in the black bin.

Regarding soft plastics, such as sweet and cake bar wrappers, the council said: “They can’t go in your recycling at all. You can, however, pop them into soft plastic recycling points at shops.

“If that’s not possible, then put them into your black bin only at home to be made into electricity.” Real pumpkins, not unlike the plastic ones, should also be disposed of in the black bin only.

Councils across Lincolnshire have issued similar advice, with the neighbouring South Kesteven District Council specifying that plastic packaging should go in the black bin. City of Lincoln Council repeated the guidance regarding batteries and electricals, which are only for black bins.

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