New recycling trial to be launched in Pinchbeck, Surfleet and northern Spalding this autumn
Almost 3,000 homes in South Holland will take part in a new paper and cardboard recycling trial from next month.
Households in Pinchbeck, Surfleet and the northern part of Spalding will be included in the year-long trial, to be run by Lincolnshire Waste Partnership.
Along with about 5,000 homes in Boston and North Kesteven, the trial aims to boost the amount and condition of paper and card recycled in the county.
Before it starts, residents involved in the trial will receive a new roll of purple sacks, just for paper and card.
Each area of the trial will have its own schedule of fortnightly collections, with those in South Holland taking place on alternate weeks from the existing green bag mixed recycling collections.
Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for environmental services at South Holland District Council, said: "We understand that this trial will require some changes to the way residents in the chosen areas recycle their waste.
"However, we hope that they will support us in our efforts to be forward-thinking in seeking better ways to re-use our waste.
"We believe that the system of separating recyclable waste will deliver a better outcome for our environment and help us contribute to reducing the amount of contaminated waste collected, saving both time and overall cost to our taxpayers.
"By using the purple sacks, residents will have more capacity than they do with the green sacks.
"It will also enable us to provide good quality waste paper and card for reprocessing, generating a return to be invested back into our county's waste services."
By using a separate sack, it will be possible to collect dry paper and card, without it being contaminated by other recycled items.
This can be caused by broken glass, liquid left in tins or bottles and food waste, affecting the fibres of the paper and making it difficult to recycle.
The purple sacks will be used for items, including cardboard boxes and packaging (no polystyrene or bubble wrap), newspapers and magazines, junk mail and envelopes, catalogues, and paper.
However, residents are asked not to include anything with food residue or grease on it ( tops from food containers and pizza boxes), although existing green recycling sacks will continue to be used for plastics, glass, aerosols and rinsed food and drink cans.
As part of the trial, though, households will be encouraged not to include paper and card in the green sacks.
In addition, although collection days will remain the same, a new calendar of dates will be sent out to inform residents on which week they should put each colour sack out for collection.
Normal household (black sack) waste collections will not be affected by the scheme and will continue to be collected every week as normal.
Coun Eddy Poll, chairman of the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership and county councillor for Spalding East ward, said: "This scheme gives us the opportunity to do something differently so we can improve the quality of our recycling to ensure it can be properly recycled, as our residents expect.
"By having a separate purple bag, we will be able to collect dry paper and card, without it being contaminated by other items in the recycling bins and bags.
"This trial will allow us to do our best for the environment, as well as allowing us to be in greater control of our costs which can be used to help fund other vital services.
"Similar schemes have operated successfully in other parts of the country so we hope to see the benefits of introducing a paper and card only collection in our area."
A number of drop-in sessions will also be held across Pinchbeck, Surfleet and northern Spalding to give residents more advice and to help with any problems they may have.
The trial will be monitored throughout by Lincolnshire Waste Partnership to assess how effective it is, as well as asking for residents' feedback to determine whether the scheme will be rolled out to other parts of the county.
To find out more about the trial, visit https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/news/recycling-trial-to-be-launched-this-autumn/133674.article