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Spalding area's record load for cardboard and paper recycling trial but some 'wrong' items are being tipped




A bumper load of 7.02 tonnes is the biggest collected so far in South Holland for the cardboard and paper recycling trial.

Around 2,600 homes in the northern part of Spalding, as well as Pinchbeck and Surfleet, have been issued with purple sacks for cardboard and paper waste.

The district council has now collected just over 50 tonnes since the trial began in September.

Most of the items going into the purple sacks are suitable but there's a tiny proportion of 'wrong' things
Most of the items going into the purple sacks are suitable but there's a tiny proportion of 'wrong' things

There’s delight at the tonnage but that’s tempered by some disappointment with a tiny proportion of ‘wrong’ items finding their ways into the bags – these include plastic bottles, glass, takeaway pizza boxes, vacuum cleaner contents, carrier bags, crisp packets, socks and food waste.

The trial accepts clean and dry cardboard and paper.

And the message to residents is ‘if in doubt, please put the item in the black back because it still won’t be wasted’.

A selection of items that are unsuitable for the purple sacks
A selection of items that are unsuitable for the purple sacks

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, district council portfolio holder for place, said: “We are pleased to see residents continue to embrace the trial, especially over the Christmas period when many households have more recycling to sort through than any other time of year.

“It is, however, important that residents continue to be mindful of what they include in their purple sacks.

“Any form of contamination, including unclean or wet items, will ruin the whole bag and potentially the whole vehicle load, meaning it cannot be recycled as intended.

“Most waste – with some exceptions – placed in black sacks is not ‘wasted’. It is in fact converted into energy at the Energy from Waste plant in Lincoln. So if you have any doubt about whether an item should go in your green sack – or purple sack if in the trial area – please put it in the black sack. Your waste will not be wasted.”

The trial is due to run until September 2020, after which a decision will be made on a county-wide level by Lincolnshire Waste Partnership on the next steps.

Partnership chairman Eddy Poll has described the step as “a massive effort to improve the quality of our recycling”.

The trial is being run in other parts of the county, including Boston Borough.



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