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How should we deal with our rubbish?

Dealing with our rubbish - it's a national problem hitting the headlines almost daily, from plastic waste polluting our oceans to the routine challenge households face of putting the right waste in the right bins.

Now councils in Lincolnshire, including Boston Borough Council, have joined forces to tackle issues around the county's waste and recycling.
And the experts want your input and are asking for your views through a consultation document available from Wednesday, April 4, until July 2 at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/recycle-for-lincolnshire/

The Lincolnshire Waste Partnership, made up from Lincolnshire County Council and all seven of the county's district authorities, wants to formulate the best and most environmentally sustainable waste strategy for the future.

The LWP has put together a draft strategy outlining future plans to reduce the levels of contamination in recycling and improve how non-recyclable waste is disposed of.

Some of the main issues are around waste going in the wrong bins - typically around 35 per cent of everything in the recycling collection (blue bins in Boston borough) is not recyclable while around 25 per cent of the residual waste collection (green bins) is recyclable.

The draft strategy for waste has ten objectives which include introducing separate food waste collections, to contribute to a national target of recycling 50 per cent by 2020 and reducing our carbon footprint.

In Lincolnshire, around 360,000 tonnes of household waste is produced each year - about half a tonne of waste per year for each person living in Lincolnshire.

Please read the strategy before completing the survey or look at the summary document, which will help you to answer the questions. You can find this online at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/recycle-for-lincolnshire/waste-strategy-for-lincolnshire/

Alternatively, you can request a paper copy:

Recently, in Boston, batteries which should not be placed in either the blue or green bins are believed to have started fires in the 100-tonne recycled materials pile at the waste transfer station in Slippery Gowt Lane.

Batteries, or any electrical equipment which requires mains power or a battery to work, should not be included in waste collections because of the potential fire hazard they pose. Sellers of batteries in sufficient quantities - and that's most supermarkets - have to, by law, provide battery collection points for safe recycling.

Batteries and electrical goods can be disposed of for free at the Slippery Gowt or any other household waste recycling centre. Large items, such as televisions or desktop computers, can be collected under Boston Borough Council's bulky waste arrangements - www.boston.gov.uk/bulky or call 01205 314200.

Action is already on its way to deal with those who routinely or seriously contaminate their blue bin recycling collection. There will be a substantial period of education and information before new rules come into effect which could culminate in worst offenders receiving a £75 fine.

A full-colour guide to recycling in Boston borough has been sent to ALL households with their council tax bills. If you follow the basics contained within the guide you will not go wrong. The guide can also be seen at www.boston.gov.uk/bins

You can also pick up a copy of the leaflet from the council's reception office in West Street.

100 tonnes of your rubbish - 35 tonnes of it shouldn't be here Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
This is what 100 tonnes of recycled waste looks like - this is Boston's pile at the waste transfer station. But in this will be 35 per cent which cannot be recycled. This is the pile in which a discarded mobile phone battery is thought to have started a fire