South Holland households put out nearly 80 tonnes of card and paper waste as part of year-long trial
More than 250 tonnes of card and paper waste has been collected in the first six months of a trial in Lincolnshire, it has been confirmed.
The trial includes about 2,600 households in Pinchbeck, Surfleet and the north of Spalding from where nearly 80 tonnes of recyclable waste was picked up between September 2019 and March 2020.
Run by Lincolnshire Waste Partnership, the year-long trial sees about 7,500 households in South Holland, Frampton, Wyberton (Boston Borough), and North Kesteven using purple sacks or wheelie bins to put out paper and card for collection on a fortnightly basis.
Coun Eddy Poll, the partnership's chairman who is also a Moulton Chapel parish councillor and Lincolnshire County Council member for Spalding East, said: "The trial is going really well and we haven't seen a drop off in performance from the 7,500 households involved in the trial.
"People are still really keen to do it and they have been absolutely brilliant.
"Although there were a few teething issues in the beginning, people have really embraced the scheme and I am delighted to say that we have collected and processed just over 250 tonnes of clean and dry paper and card.
"That is the same weight as 193 Vauxhall Astras and it is actually helping because so many households would have used recycling centres that are currently closed.
"It feels like we are doing our bit to help, but the best thing about the trial is that it allows us to do the best for our environment as the items collected goes to King's Lynn where it is being recycled back into other paper and card."
The trial was launched last autumn with the aim of cutting the amount of paper and card that is contaminated by other recyclable items, such as broken glass, liquids left in tins or bottles, plastic wrapping and food waste.
Among items included in the scheme are packaging, newspapers, magazines and catalogues.
Coun Poll said: "It's a shame that under the current circumstances, we can't look to extend the trial because it makes such a difference across the district.
"We're getting clean and dry paper and cardboard that is perfectly recyclable, meaning that less waste is going through household waste recycling centres, something that's of major benefit all round."
Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, South Holland District Council's portfolio holder for environmental services, said: "I am extremely pleased with the latest results of the trial and the way our residents have helped us in achieving this.
"We are aware that this was a significant change to their normal recycling routine and required the separation of materials.
"However, the quality of materials presented in the purple bags has been exceptional and has made a significant contribution to the ongoing success of this trial.
"I would also like to say how pleased I am that our environmental services team has been able to maintain our services throughout this period.
"Also, a very big thank you for the the gratitude and best wishes shown to our crews during their collection rounds."
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Councillor Yvonne Stevens, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for waste, said: "The people who took part in this trial have done us proud and have been great at adapting to the changes in their recycling habits.
"The amount of suitable waste our residents have collected is remarkable and all of it can be re-used to make more paper goods.
"The success of the scheme has exceeded expectations and I would personally like to thank everyone who has taken part in the trial so far."