Following successful trials, the decision was taken at Full Council to roll out a “twin stream” collection across the entire district.
The council has worked with other Lincolnshire authorities as part of the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership to boost the quantity and quality of paper and card to be recycled.
We have asked residents to separate paper and card from the rest of their recycling to help households recycle as much as possible, and to reduce their overall carbon footprint. In the UK, over 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used each year, which accounts for 20% of all household waste.
The average household throws away around 6 trees worth of paper every year. If every person in the country recycled just 10% more paper, we could save around 5 million trees a year!
By separating paper and card from other household waste, we can reduce the amount of cross-contamination which ultimately ruins what is otherwise suitable waste for recycling.
Putting the right thing in the right bin means that we can improve the quality of waste we collect in Lincolnshire and ensure that more items can be recycled into products that can be used again and again.