Households in North East Lincolnshire urged to recycle more waste
RESIDENTS in North East Lincolnshire are being urged to do their bit to help improve recycling rates in the borough.
The plea comes as changes to the council's waste and recycling collections come into force.
The authority has now moved to a system of compulsory recycling in a bid to increase the amount of waste that is recycled in North East Lincolnshire from 35 to 50 per cent.
General waste bins which contain recyclable materials will no longer be collected in an attempt to encourage people to use the kerbside boxes for cans, glass and paper.
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Residents who refuse to recycle could be fined of up to £1,000 – however, council bosses insist fines will be issued only as a last resort.
Tony Neul, the council's head of neighbourhood services, said: "If you are already using the boxes and bins to recycle, we would like to say a big thank you, but as a whole, the area needs to, and can, do better.
"Our challenging but achievable goal, if everyone pulls together, is to recycle 50 per cent of the area's waste by 2020.
"What we want to do is work with the community and encourage them to do their bit.
"We do appreciate some people will have concerns about not having the boxes or not being able to get to recycling sites, and we would encourage those people to pick up the phone and speak to us.
"Only when we are happy that people have got access to the proper facilities would we consider taking action."
Mr Neul said that by recycling more, residents would be reducing the amount of landfill tax paid by the authority, increasing income from recycled materials, helping the environment and creating jobs in the waste collection service.
He added that the council was committed to keeping its weekly general waste bin collections.
Mr Neul said: "We spend about £10 million a year on the collection and disposal of waste, and £400,000 of that is landfill tax alone. If everyone does their bit we can change this."
Mr Neul added that the council had applied for government funding to introduce kerbside collections for cardboard and plastic, and to move from fortnightly to weekly recycling collections.
A decision is expected by the autumn, and if the bid is successful, changes could be implemented this financial year.
From June, residents will be asked to put cardboard waste in the green general waste bins rather then the brown garden waste bins, as previously reported.
Mr Neul said this move would help to improve the quality of garden waste collected and make it more attractive for processors.
Kerbside boxes for cans, paper and glass are available free of charge to residents who do not already have them.
For more information, contact the council's waste hotline on 01472 325841.
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