North Lincolnshire residents urged to make their metals matter
Students from John Leggott College have created a North Lincolnshire recycling family made out of recycled metal material to launch a new campaign to urge people living in North Lincolnshire to make their ‘metals matter’ by encouraging them to recycle more of the estimated 88 million cans, aerosols aluminium foil trays and the wrapping foil they use in their homes every year.*
The communications campaign will reach more than 74,000 households and includes leaflets which will be sent to every home, online advertising, social media posts and displays in public buildings which will carry the ‘make your metals matter’ message.
Used metal packaging can be recycled endlessly into new products at a far lower cost to industry, and the environment, than making them from raw materials.
Research* has shown that people aren’t always aware that their used metal packaging will be transformed into new valuable everyday items when collected for recycling. The new campaign aims to help people understand what can be recycled and explain what happens to the metals collected.
The metal packaging manufacturing industry, recyclers and fillers have teamed up with North Lincolnshire Council to launch the ‘make your metals matter’ recycling campaign in the area, to raise awareness of the importance of metal packaging recycling and to increase the amount collected from households.
If all the metal packaging used in North Lincolnshire each year was collected for recycling it would save around 2,377 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent to taking over 500 cars off local streets for a year*.
Remember the following metal items can be placed in your green recycling box, drink cans, food tins, pet food tins, foil and foil trays, empty aerosols, metal lids from jars and bottles and sweet and biscuit tins. If you need an extra recycling box, we are happy to supply one, just visit our recycling page.
The campaign is being jointly funded by MetalMatters, an industry partnership comprising the UK’s leading producers, users and recyclers of metal packaging, and Suez, the waste management company working with North Lincolnshire Council. MetalMatters is run by the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) on behalf of the funding partners.
* More details can be found in our Metal Matters Campaign information [PDF, 16Kb].
Collage created to encourage recycling
As part of Recycle Week (22 to 28 June) the council’s waste management team and Mencap created a collage made from recyclable items to encourage more people to recycle.
The collage is still on display at Scunthorpe Household Recycling Centre to make people think about their recycling habits. Its made from items that can be recycled at any of the household recycling centres across North Lincolnshire. These items include:
- Plastic bottles and food containers
- Hard plastics
- Scrap metal
- Small electrical items
The collage says ‘Separate and recycle more’ to raise awareness of the need to separate waste and recycling before going to household recycling centres.
The theme for Recycling Week this year is ‘recycle around your home’. Its focus is on raising the public’s awareness that there are lots of items they can recycle from all around the home that they might not have previously thought about recycling.
A large amount of recycling is being put in to general waste skips at household recycling centres that are being sent to landfill, which could have been recycled.
Think before you take your waste and recycling to household recycling centres. Ask yourself ‘can this be recycled?’. If it can be recycled separate it into materials such as hard plastics, scrap metal, plastic bottles, cans and textiles before you visit and place in the correct containers.
If you are unsure what can and can’t be recycled, you can check our bins, boxes and bags page.
Many of the items that are disposed of at the sites are still in good condition and could be reused. These could be donated to charities or given to one of the reuse schemes.
You can also sell items at auction sites or a car boot sale, or even use a free cycle site such as Freecycle.
Alternatively, take your items to a household recycling centre and show them to the site attendant to see if they are suitable to be put in the reuse container.
Cllr Neil Poole, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We want to encourage people to think about how and what they recycle, then ask themselves if there is more they can be recycling. It’s important that we all recycle as much as we can and prevent items going to landfill unnecessarily. You can check the council’s website to find out what items we accept at household recycling centres as well as what you can recycle in your bins and boxes at home. “The aim of the collage at Scunthorpe Household Recycling Centre is to grab people’s attention as they come on to the site. It will help them identify the items that can be recycled and get them thinking about their recycling habits.”
Plastic fantastic – residents can recycle more
North Lincolnshire Council has made it easier for residents to recycle plastics, following a major change that means once again you will be able to put recycled plastic food containers and bottle tops and lids in your burgundy bins.
The changes also mean that for the first time, you can recycle food and drink cartons, for example, soup, juice, and milk at home.
You will receive a leaflet and new bin sticker with details of what you can and can’t put in your burgundy bin.
In March, residents were told they could no longer put plastic food containers or bottle tops and lids of a certain polymer type (1, 2 and 5) in their burgundy bins due to the risk of contamination and increased fines we faced. By changing the company that processes the waste, the polymer type is no longer an issue and you will be able to recycle more plastics.
Common-sense must prevail – no flimsy plastics, just rigid plastics, so no carrier bags, cling film, or thin plastic of any type. To avoid contamination, all plastic bottles and containers must be empty and washed, no half-eaten pizzas, leftover curries or half-full sauce bottles, and no general waste. Plastic bottles should be washed, squashed and have their lids screwed back on to keep them flat to ensure they can be recycled.
North Lincolnshire Council introduces house clearance permits
North Lincolnshire residents can now apply for a house clearance permit – free of charge – that entitles them to up to two visits a year to any Household Recycling Centre (HRC) in North Lincolnshire, using a hired van.
The permits only apply to households in North Lincolnshire. Applicants will be able to hire a van to clear household rubbish from a property for house move or to deal with a relative's estate, and take it to a designated HRC. No other sign written vehicles (for example, owned by a private individual) will be allowed a permit.
Where possible, applicants are asked to separate their recyclable items and materials from the waste and place in the correct containers on the site in accordance with the signage and instructions from the site attendants.
The permit is valid for two visits in a specified two-week period and is limited to two per North Lincolnshire household each year (1 April to 31 March).
On arrival at the HRC, the permit and a copy of the hire agreement from the vehicle hire company must be shown to the site attendant.
You can apply online for a permitor call the Customer Contact Centre on 01724 297000 to request an application form.
You will need to apply for the permit in advance as it takes around five days to process.
You Can Leave Your Cap On
North Lincolnshire Council is launching a campaign to encourage local residents to recycle the aluminium screw tops off glass bottles such as wine, spirits and olive oil, along with glass bottles.
The campaign aims to increase recycling of aluminium screw tops and collars. It's encouraging people to screw the tops back onto empty glass bottles before placing them in:
- the green kerbside recycling boxes;
- in glass banks at Household Recycling Centres; or
- community recycling centres throughout North Lincolnshire.
Keep an eye out for the stickers on all bottle bank sites across North Lincolnshire explaining why simply screwing the lid back on your glass bottles can help us recycle more, and benefit the environment.
The campaign highlights the importance of recycling the aluminium closures as, like all aluminium and glass packaging they are 100 per cent recyclable. Every screw top and bottle deposited in a glass bank or in the green kerbside box can be transformed into something new, including more bottles, drink cans, mobile phones and even cars.
Thanks to modern recycling methods aluminium bottle tops are easier to recover for recycling when they are collected with the glass, so it is now possible to recycle and continue re-using this precious metal over and over again.
So when you next recycle your empties from the night before, remember “You Can Leave Your Cap On!".