Waste and Recycling Information
We provide an alternate weekly collection of refuse and recycling to all properties in the Borough, one week your blue bin will be emptied and the following week your green bin will be emptied.
Items that go into your blue recycling bin
- Cardboard (large pieces of cardboard should be flat packed and placed at the side of the blue bin)
- Plastics (plastic bottles, yogurt pots and plastic tubs)
- Glass bottles and jars (please remove all bottle tops and place them in the blue bin separately)
- Cans (steel or aluminium)
For more items that can go into your blue bin, please see the leaflet 'items that can go into your blue bin' in the 'related documents' section at the bottom of the page.
Blue recycling bags remain available to collect from the council for free for recycled material when your blue bin is full, but please do not put these bags in your blue bin. These will be collected if left at the side of your blue bin on your collection day. All recyclable items need to be loose in your blue bin.
The reason for allowing side (additional) recycling in clear or blue bags is to contain it otherwise it would blow all over. As we are trying to elliminate plastic bags from the recycling stream we would not expect you to use bags inside the blue bins. If you continually present side recycling with your blue bin then we would advise that you contact the council to request an additional blue bin.
Please DO NOT put the following into your blue bin:
- Window glass
- Black sacks
- Lead crystal
- Builders waste
- Garden waste
- Electrical items (WEEE)
- Shredded paper*
* The reasons we are unable to recycle shredded paper is that it is too small and light for the automatic equipment used in the Material Recovery Facility to segregate. Sensors used in equipment are not able to identify shredded paper and as such this becomes a problem in seperating this for re-processing. Shredded paper can also become lodged in conveyor belt mechanisms, it can blow around the Material Recovery Facility becoming a potential fire risk.
Here are some alterative things you can do with shredded paper:
Use as protective packing in boxes if you're moving house or storing fragile items
Use as animal bedding, but check it is suitable for your pet
Compost it at home along with kitchen peelings or garden waste in a compost heap or compost bin
Place in the residual (green) bin, bagged, which is taken to the Energy for Waste plant at Hykeham and burnt to produce energy. Shredded paper has a high calorific value and this is in fact beneficial to the burners at the EFW making them more efficient in incinerating househhold waste.
Blue recycling bins may be rejected for collection if:
- You have contaminated your bin with the incorrect materials including plastic bags
If your blue bin does get rejected, the refuse crew will leave a sticker on your bin. You should remove any contaminated waste that you have put into your bin for your bin to be emptied on the next collection day. Once you have done this, you can leave any additional waste in blue or clear bags next to your blue bin on your next collection day - blue bags can be collected FREE at the Municipal Buildings on West Street, Boston.
Items that go into your green refuse bin
- Food waste
- Animal waste (double bagged)
- Nappies (clean/soiled)
- Plastic carrier bags/black sacks
- Polystyrene packaging
- Shredded paper (bagged)
For more items that can go into your green bin, please see the leaflet 'items that can go into your green bin' in the 'related documents' section at the bottom of the page.
Please DO NOT put the following into your green bin:
- Garden waste
- Electrical items (WEEE)
- Gas cylinders
- Hypodermic needles
Green refuse bins may be rejected for collection if:
- Your bin is too heavy
- There is garden waste in it
Building materials, that is to say tiles, cement, brick rubble, plasterboard, etc from your home is NOT household materials and must NOT be put into any bin. Your bin will not be emptied if these items are in there.
If your green bin does get rejected, the refuse crew will leave a sticker on your bin to inform you. Like your blue bin, you should remove any contaminated waste that you have put into your bin for it to be emptied on your next collection day. Once you have done this, you can leave up to four extra black sacks next to your green bin on your next collection day.
Items that go into your brown bin - please note this is a chargable service. To sign up visit Garden Waste Collection Scheme
- Grass cuttings
- Hedge/tree cuttings
Animal/food waste and vegetable peelings cannot be placed in the brown bin.
- Soil MUST NOT be placed in the brown bin as this cannot be composted and will make the bin too heavy to be emptied
- Garden waste MUST NOT be bagged, please place loosely in your brown bin
- Extra garden waste cannot be placed next to the brown bin, it must all be contained in brown bins.
TOP TIP - To try to prevent grass cuttings from getting stuck at the bottom of the bin you can place a small amount of newspaper in the bottom of your bin as a liner.
NO BATTERIES OR ELECTRICAL ITEMS TO BE PLACED IN ANY BIN
These items can be disposed of for free at the Boston Household Waste Recycling Centre, Bittern Way, Boston, PE21 7RQ, which is open 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm. You can bring your batteries into our reception at the Municipal Buildings, West Street, these can also be taken to most supermarkets for recycling.
Where do I find out when my collections are?
Please visit bins.boston.gov.uk and type in your postcode or street address and you will be presented with information showing your next collection day. You can also give us a call on 01205 311112.
Did you know facts...
- Your bin must be left out by 5.30am on the day of your collection or the night before to guarantee collection. If your bin is not presented we will not come back to empty it until your next fortnightly collection.
- All changes to refuse and recycling collections due to bank holidays are publicised well in advance via calendar drops, stickers placed on bins, local paper and on the website;
- Your bin must be placed at the edge of your property with the handles facing outwards and it would really help the bin men if you could stand your bin next to your neighbour's for collection
- It is your responsibility to return your bin to your storage area as soon as possible on the same day as your collection
- We can provide refuse and recycling leaflets in Portuguese, Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Bulgarian and Russian
- Dog poo bags are available FREE of charge from calling in at our West Street offices.
If your bin has not been emptied
We only offer a recollection for green and brown bins if there is no reason logged on our system as to why your bin has been missed.
You can contact us via email at email@example.com or call the Customer Service Team on 01205 314200.
We provide an assisted collection to residents who are disabled or infirm in some way, which would make it difficult for the occupier to pull their bin in and out for collection. If you require this service please call us on 01205 314200.
Extra bin collections
We can provide an extra bin to properties where there are six or more occupants living, an application form must be submitted. If a property has less than six occupants and are still struggling to manage their waste with one green bin then you can call us up to arrange a visit from an supervisor who will carry out a waste audit. If after the waste audit it shows that materials are being put into the correct container and being recycled, the supervisor will put your application through for a second bin to be delivered. If you feel you qualify for this service please call us, or see form below.
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