Don’t be rubbish with waste this Christmas


East Lindsey residents are being reminded about the do’s and dont’s of disposing of rubbish in the run up to Christmas.

Wrapping paper, greetings cards, cardboard packaging and clean foil and tins can all be disposed of in the grey recycling bin, but carrier bags, plastic sacks, bin bags and food bags must be placed in black domestic waste bins.

Bags used to collect recyclable material in the home must be disposed of in the black bin once the recyclables have been emptied as they can contaminate and cause a whole lorry of materials to be rejected. And, vegetable peelings must be put into the black bin.

Due to the highly toxic chemicals that they contain batteries should not be disposed of in grey or black bins as they can contaminate recyclable waste and drinking water sources if left to deteriorate.

Many large supermarkets or electrical retailers have battery recycling points to dispose of batteries safely or alternatively take them to any Household Waste Recycling Centre. To find your nearest centre visit

Environment portfolio holder at East Lindsey District Council Steve O’Dare said: “It is important that you put the correct items into each bin so that it can be properly disposed of. Putting the wrong items in bins can cause entire lorries full of recyclable waste to be contaminated. It is not difficult, simply check online what can and can’t be put into each bin.”

East Lindsey District Council is responsible for the collection of wheeled bins, it then passes the waste on to Lincolnshire Council which is responsible for waste disposal.

For more information on what can and can’t be put into each of your bins visit