South Holland's cardboard and paper recycling trial passes the 40-tonne mark, new figures show
A paper and cardboard recycling scheme operating in parts of South Holland has so far collected more than 40 tonnes of waste.
About 2,600 households in Pinchbeck, Surfleet and the northern part of Spalding are included in the scheme which started three months ago.
Figures from South Holland District Council showed that 40.9 tonnes of waste left in purple bags, including newspapers, magazines, catalogues and envelopes, had been taken away across seven fortnightly collections since the scheme started on September 23.
The scheme, also operating in parts of Boston Borough Council and North Kesteven District Council (NKDC) areas, is a year-long trial aimed at improving the quality of cardboard and paper recycling by reducing the chances of it being "contaminated" by broken glass, grease, liquid or food waste.
Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, the district council's portfolio holder for environmental services, said: "We are really pleased with how residents have embraced the trial which is reflected in the high amount of paper and card collected, as well as the low levels of contamination.
"It is a brilliant result after just a few months of the trial, but we want to make sure the key messages are heard and that this quality continues.
"This is particularly important around the Christmas/New Year period when there is an influx of items like glittery wrapping paper which cannot be recycled.
"Items put into black sacks are still converted into energy at the Energy from Waste plant in Lincoln, so we would say: 'If in doubt, leave it out' and visit our website if you need any more specific information about waste recycling."
More than 7,500 homes across the county are taking part in the trial being overseen by the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership of which all three councils are members.
Coun Eddy Poll, the partnership's chairman and Spalding East ward county councillor, said: "I would like to thank everybody who is taking part in the trial for doing what is expected of them, helping us with our recycling targets.
"It is a massive effort to improve the quality of our recycling but these figures show that if you give people the opportunity to help the environment, they generally do so."
. More than 34 tonnes of cardboard and paper recycling were collected in the Boston Borough Council trial area, including Frampton and Wyberton, while 39.26 tonnes were collected in North Kesteven.
A Boston Borough Council spokesman said: "The success of the scheme so far is largely down to residents correctly separating their paper and card which shows their ability and willingness to recycle waste efficiently.
"In addition, tougher guidelines for mixed recycling in the trial area are already seeing improvements. with a 20 per cent increase in bins collected this month, compared to last month.
"However, this has also highlighted the level of improvement necessary for our blue bin recycling borough-wide following Lincolnshire Waste Partnership's decision to create new, 'easy-to-follow' flyers and stickers."
An NKDC spokesman said: "Three collections of purple bins have taken place so far and through the amazing efforts of residents to separate paper and card across the trial area, we have collected a total of 39.26 tonnes of clean paper and card.
"The quality is fabulous which means this paper and card can be successfully reprocessed into other paper products, such as newspapers, pamphlets and leaflets."