Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Which Can Can Go In

Did you know everything that can go in your orange box in North East Lincolnshire?

Cans that can go in your can orange box include Food and Drink cans and tins (rinsed out), household aerosols like Deodorants, Air Fresheners, Furniture Polish etc. ...... (not things you use in the garage though).

I had an airfreshener can I wanted to recycle this week, I knew I could leave the labels on now and also on the integral bits of plastic nozzle, but the plastic cap that was easy to take off I didn't put in (it went in the general waste).

If you want more information about what goes in each box have a look at the website:


Friday, 13 July 2012

Great expectations?

Changes to the service

All households in North East Lincolnshire are now expected to recycle using the facilites available to them.

For most people this means the triple boxes scheme, with paper in the Blue Box, Glass in the Green box, and Cans and tins in the Orange box. The boxes are collected fortnightly and residents can find out their collection day by typing in their postcode at www.nelincs.gov.uk/bincollections

We asked the public if they thought this was a reasonable expectation and offered two sign up sheets, one labelled 'Agree' one labelled 'Disagree'. Over three events we collected 79 signatures on the 'Agree' sheets and Zero on the 'Disagree'. Brilliant!

Some kind people even left comments such as ' It's been a long time coming' and ' Excellent idea' and ' Without recycling too many items would just go to waste'.

If residents haven't had their triple boxes then their first set is free! The way to order is to phone up the Waste hotline on 01472 325841

Friday, 6 July 2012

Celebrity Spotting

Prof. David Bellamy is now all in favour of Real nappies!

Lincolnshire Environmental Awards 2012

Congratulations to the volunteer Real Nappy Champions of North East Lincolnshire for being shortlisted in the Community category of the Lincolnshire Environmental awards 2012.

They were awarded a Highly Commended certificate, and spread the word about Real Nappy options to over 100 people on the day - including David Bellamy!!

The Real Nappy Champions are local parents who use/ have used Real nappies on their children, and want to tell others about them. They can offer advice and help to parents thinking of using them, who have questions or who simply have never heard of them.

Real nappies are the modern washable nappy option, which can save parents up to £500 on their first child, and £1000 on each subsequent child! www.nelincs.gov.uk/nappy The average baby will cost £1000 in disposable nappies, but parents can get set up in Real nappies for just £200. They go on just like a disposable, with poppers or velcro, but can be washed at 40 degrees or 60 degrees in washing machines and can dry overnight. They come in lots of different designs and styles. This can sometimes be confusing for parents trying to make the environmental choice, so the Champions volunteers are on hand to offer their experience and help.

One of the Champions has even been inspired to set up a trial kit lending scheme to help parents test out the different styles of nappies, before they commit to making a purchase. http://www.comfybots.co.uk/ For a deposit and a small fee, Tracey will lend families a kit either before or after babies are born, so that the chief nappy changers can get to grips with their choices.

The Champions also promote the cashback incentive from North East Lincolnshire Council, which can really help parents with the initial set up costs. Even if they only buy a few of the real nappies to try, they can be refunded half their costs, up to £100 spending, so families can claim up to £50 cashback. www.nelincs.gov.uk/nappy

We are delighted to be highly commended and recognised for the time and help given by the volunteers!