Based on the success of the year-long trial of separating out paper and card from the rest of the recycling for 1,700 homes in the District, measures are underway to roll out the system for the whole of Lincolnshire.
The Lincolnshire Waste Partnership this week decided to look into a full County-wide roll out of the purple bin initiative which, over the past year has seen 7,200 households participate in North Kesteven, Boston and South Holland.
In total 420 tonnes of paper and card - the equivalent of 10,000 trees - has been separated out from other recycling and, as good quality material, repurposed into new paper-based products.
In our area, on average every household was recycling 1.5 kilos of paper and card a week and the rejection rate was only 3%. The paper mills reported that 98.5% of the recycling was good.
We appreciate that it was a lot of hard work but the results show that all the effort really paid off, with 94% of people saying they wanted to carry on recycling paper and card in this way when the trial ends.
There are still a number of steps beforehand, but the intention is for all households within North Kesteven to receive their purple bins in Autumn 2021, after Boston but ahead of other district areas.