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Recycling and waste advice for an eggs-cellent Easter

A graphic showing the Easter bin collection days

North Kesteven District Council is sharing waste and recycling information in advance to help households enjoy an eggs-cellent Easter.

There will be one change to bin collection dates over the Easter period affecting Easter Monday only (18 April 2022), with the collection of black general waste bins for this day brought forward to Saturday 16 April 2022.

Those with bin collections due on Good Friday (15 April 2022) will have their purple and purple-lidded bins collected on this day as normal. As always, residents are asked to please present their bins by 7.30am on the morning of collection.

Calendars detailing collection dates across the year for all your household bins can be found at to save and keep. You can also find your next bin day anytime using the checker on the webpage.Calendars won’t be posted out to all households, as happened last year to support the District-wide separate paper and card collections introduced.

Some items available at Easter-time need a few eggs-tra steps to ensure the right things go in the right bins. Here are the top six tips to remember:

Easter egg packaging:

The cardboard outer package must go in purple or purple-lidded bins only, unless it’s foiled or glittery or it’s dirty in which case it must go in the black bin only to be made into electricity.

The inner insert if cardboard can go in the purple or purple-lidded bin. If it’s a plastic inner this should go in the green-lidded bin only. If the inner insert is brown or black plastic though this cannot be recycled, and must go in the black bin to be made into electricity locally at North Hykeham.

Easter egg foil:

We love to collect clean foil in green-lidded bins as it’s great for recycling! Pop it clean and dry into this bin. If it’s dirty, please pop it instead into the black bin to be made into electricity.

Chocolate bar/sweet wrappers: These are soft, scrunch-able plastics and unfortunately cannot be recycled from kerbside bins at home. They can instead often to go soft plastic collection points in local shops along with plastic carrier bags, food wrappers and so on – check details online or check signage instore to see the full list of what can be accepted at each. If that’s not possible, please put them only in the black bin where they’ll be made into electricity.

Decorations: Plastic Easter decorations unfortunately cannot go in your recycling bin at home. Can you save them for any decorations for crafts next year? Or perhaps donate them to a worthy cause if in good condition? If they are unusable or broken, put them in the black bin to be made into electricity provided they’ve no electronics or batteries in.

If plain paper or cardboard – such as bunting with any string removed and which is not foiled, shiny or glittery – this can go into the purple or purple-lidded bin.

Toys and gifts: The same goes for any unwanted plastic toys which are hard plastics. These can be either re-gifted or donated if in good working order, or taken to your Local Household Waste Recycling Centre. Please do not put anything containing electronics or batteries in any of your household bins, including the black bin.

Books cannot go in either of your recycling bins at home. If unwanted, please reuse, donate, re-gift or take them to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre where they can go to donation points if in good condition. If not in good condition, they need to go in general waste only.

Cards: These can go in purple or purple-lidded bins, provided they are not foiled, shiny or glittery and any non-paper embellishments/decorations are removed. If foiled/glittery/shiny, they must go in the black bin only where they’ll be remade into electricity.

If you’re ever unsure on what can go in the green-lidded or purple/purple-lidded bin, there’s a range of information at The council’s Right Thing Right Bin leaflet is also available via this page, which is a handy quick-fire guide, and an A-Z of recycling on various items.

North Kesteven District Council also operates a garden waste collection scheme for hassle-free gardening. This is currently open for subscriptions at a cost of £40 for the year’s collections of a brown garden waste bin, with £8 for a year’s collections of each additional garden waste bin should you require more than one, and an additional £35 for the purchase of a brown garden waste bin if you are a new customer. Renew or sign up at

Information on waste and recycling is also regularly shared on the Council’s channels @northkestevendc and you can get it straight into your inbox via the Council’s e-newsletters. Sign up at

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