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Recycle right this Christmas

Lincolnshire's Waste Partnership is asking Boston borough residents to take extra care with recycling over the Christmas period.

Increased levels of contamination in recycling bins have resulted in a reduction in the overall recycling performance in Lincolnshire and the partnership is again calling on residents to help keep recycling rates up and costs down.

You can find out here what should go in which bin in Boston borough.

Ian Taylor, Lincolnshire County Council's Environmental Services Team Leader (Waste), said: "It's important that residents know what can and can't be put in their different bins. If you are unsure please don't put it in the recycling bin.

"By putting food waste in your recycling bin you risk contaminating it.

"Over Christmas people tend to have even more food waste than usual, and it can't be recycled. We are urging people not to use the recycling bin as 'just another bin'. If in doubt - leave it out."

Executive councillor for Environmental Management, Eddy Poll, said:  "We are asking residents to put all food waste in their green waste bins in Boston borough.

"If the packaging is suitable for your recycling bin, please rinse it first, otherwise it could contaminate other clean recyclable items.

"We usually find people want to recycle correctly and efforts are being made all the time to get the message out there.

"Figures show that around a quarter of recycling in Lincolnshire is contaminated and it is often because of food waste which has not been rinsed out of the packaging.

"By simply using the right bin for food waste, the quality of recycling in Lincolnshire will improve hugely."