Purple bins trial a huge success

Date Published: 07 September 2020

A trial of collecting paper and cardboard from some homes in North Kesteven in separate purple wheeled bins has been hailed a huge success.

In total 7,200 homes in the Boston Borough, South Holland and North Kesteven areas have been taking part in the scheme and together 420 tonnes of clean, dry paper and card has been collected which is the equivalent of 10,000 trees.

Based on this very positive experience, it is now planned that the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership will progressively roll out separate paper and card collections throughout Lincolnshire over the next couple of years.

Leader of North Kesteven District Council, Cllr Richard Wright said: “In our area, on average every household was recycling 1.5 kilos a week and the rejection rate was only 3%.

“The quality of paper and cardboard has been measured by the paper mill who have reported that 98.5% of the recycling was good quality which is very pleasing.”

To launch the scheme the Council organised a series of engagement activities including face to face interviews, drop in events, mail shots and email campaigns. The authority also used social media and produced awareness stickers.

“It was a lot of hard work but the results show that all the effort really paid off. It is also very encouraging that 94% of people have told us they want to carry on recycling paper and card in this way when the trial is over,” said Cllr Wright.

Purple bin collections