COLUMN: Make sure you’re putting the right items in your wheelie bins

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This week’s guest column comes from leader of East Lindsey District Council Coun Doreen Stephenson...

As we approach the festival season many households will see the amount of waste they generate increase. I wanted to use this column to focus on recycling.

The district council is responsible for collecting waste from homes and the county council is responsible for then disposing of the waste collected.

Domestic waste - the items which go into the black bin, go to the Energy from Waste Plant at Lincoln for incineration and waste that can be recycled goes to a range of companies that the county council has contracts with. Those contracts determine what can and can’t go into your grey bin.

Since the introduction of the wheeled bin system in 2006, there has been a significant increase in the amount of recycling in East Lindsey, with around 49 per cent of waste collected from homes being recycled each year.

However, in recent months there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of items that are being put into the grey bin that can’t be recycled – particularly carrier bags. Where a lorry load of recycling is found to be contaminated, it could result in the full load being rejected, meaning it won’t be recycled.

Here are a few items we have been asked about recently.

l Carrier bags and bin bags, including food bags and bio-degradable bags, all go into the black bin.

l Wrapping paper, cardboard and toy packaging go into the grey bin.

l Batteries should not go into your wheeled bins due to the highly toxic chemicals. Many large supermarkets or electrical retailers have battery recycling points.

A full list of what can and can’t go into each bin can be around at