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Bins, boxes and bags

Bins, boxes and bags

This page tells you what bins, boxes and other recycling containers are used in North Lincolnshire and what items can be put into each one. 

You can also request new bins, boxes or containers.

Replacement bin/box request

New resident bin/box request 

Textile bag request

brown bin

Yes please...

  • Grass clippings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Flowers and pot plants
  • Leaves
  • Weeds 
  • Small twigs and branches (no bigger than 100mm/4" in diameter)

No thanks...

  • Food waste (incl. fruit and vegetables)
  • Plastic bags and bin liners (incl. biodegradable bags)
  • Soil
  • Cardboard
  • Animal waste, including pet litter and bedding
  • Other household waste e.g. nappies, vacuum cleaner contents, ash, metal, glass, plastic, newspapers, magazines, polystyrene or plastic plant pots 

In 2011 arrangements for managing fruit and vegetable waste were changed because of the previous outbreak of foot and mouth disease. The outbreak was attributed to inadequately treated food waste being fed back to cattle. This prompted the introduction of regulations governing the processing of waste Animal By-Products (meat and meat products, dairy, eggs, etc) and other foodstuffs that may have come into contact with this material.

Regulatory agencies locally (Animal Health, Trading Standards) have determined that fruit and vegetable wastes processed within a domestic or commercial kitchen in which animal by-products have also been prepared, could be cross contaminated and as such must now be subject to the same regulatory regime. This means that kitchen waste can no longer be composted along with garden waste in the composting systems we use.

For more information please see the DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) website for further information.

A more detailed definition of catering waste can also be found on the Environment Agency website.

New residents

New residents are provided with a brown bin free of charge. Please complete the bin request form for new residents or contact the Customer Helpline.

Replacement bins

You may also be eligible for a free replacement bin if yours has been lost, stolen or damaged. If you are not eligible there is a charge please see our fees and charges page.

Please complete the replacement bins/boxes request form or contact the Customer Helpline.

What happens next?

Find out what happens next to your garden waste.

burgundy bin

Plastic - yes please ...

  • Plastic bottles
  • Drinks bottles
  • Toiletry/cosmetic bottles
  • Cleaning product bottles
  • Plastic food containers e.g. yoghurt pots, margarine and ice cream tubs (can accept all polymer types)
  • Plastic bottle tops and lids (can accept all polymer types) 

Please wash and squash cartons and bottles and put the lids back on.

Plastic - no thanks ...

  • Carrier/plastic film
  • Plant and paint pots
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic toys and garden furniture
  • Plastic film
  • Plastic/foil pouches e.g. for food
  • Plastic piping
  • Crisp packets
  • Nappies
  • Food waste                              

Cardboard - yes please

  • Any clean cardboard e.g. cereal boxes, toilet roll tubes and egg boxes
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Greetings and coloured card
  • NEW - food and drink cartons e.g. for soup, milk and juice
  • Foil backed cardboard (e.g. crisps/snack tubes) 

Please flatten all boxes and remove sticky or parcel tape.

Cardboard - no thanks

  • Any cardboard which has food waste in it

New residents

New residents are provided with a 140 litre burgundy bin free of charge. Please complete the bin request form for new residents or contact the Customer Helpline.

Replacement bins

You may also be eligible for a free replacement bin if yours has been lost, stolen or damaged. If you are not eligible there is a charge, please see our fees and charges page.

Please complete the replacement bins/boxes request form or contact the Customer Helpline.

What happens next?

Find out what happens next to your plastics, cardboard and cartons.

 bue box

Yes please ...

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines 
  • Junk mail
  • Directories and catalogues inc. yellow papers
  • All other paper
  • Shredded paper (in a carrier bag) 

No thanks ...

  • Cardboard
  • Wrapping paper
  • Envelopes 
  • Sticky labels

Additional paper will be accepted in a carrier bag placed next to the blue box.        

Envelopes can be recycled in the blue box if you remove the adhesive strip and plastic window as these contaminate the recycling process.

For health and safety reasons the collection crews can only empty North Lincolnshire Council scheme boxes.

New residents

New residents are provided with kerbside boxes free of charge. Please complete the bin request form for new residents or contact the Customer Helpline.

Replacement kerbside boxes

We can provide one free replacement of lost/stolen/damaged boxes, any subsequent replacements are available at a cost, see our fees and charges page.

Box lids are also available at a cost, see the above link for fees and charges. Lids should be removed when presenting your boxes for collection.

To request new or replacement boxes or box lids please fill in the replacement bins/boxes request form or contact the Customer Helpline.  Alternatively visit your local pick up point below:

Save space!

You can stack your recycling boxes so they take up less room.

What happens next?

Find out what happens next to your paper. 

green box

Yes please ...

  • Glass - all glass bottles and jars including bottle tops and lids
  • Food tins
  • Drinks cans
  • Aerosol cans (without lids)
  • Aluminium foil
  • Sweet and biscuit tins
  • Household batteries - please put in a clear plastic bag and place it on top of the cans and glass so it is visible

Please rinse out all glass, tins and cans before placing in your recycling box.

No thanks ...

  • Light bulbs
  • Pyrex dishes
  • Window/broken glass
  • Plastic backed foil packaging e.g. pet/food pouches
  • Car batteries

For health and safety reasons the collection crews can only empty North Lincolnshire Council scheme boxes.

Additional cans will be accepted in a carrier bag placed next to the green box. For safety reasons we regret we cannot collect glass in carrier bags.

New residents

New residents are provided with kerbside boxes free of charge. Please complete the bin request form for new residents or contact the Customer Helpline.

Replacement kerbside boxes

We can provide one free replacement of lost/stolen/damaged box, any subsequent replacements are available at a cost, see our fees and charges page.

Box lids are also available at a cost, see the above link for fees and charges. Lids should be removed when presenting your boxes for collection.

To request new or replacement boxes or box lids please complete the replacement bins/boxes request form or contact the Customer Helpline. Alternatively visit your local pick up point below:

Save space!

You can stack your recycling boxes so they take up less room.

What happens next?

Find out what happens next to your glass, batteries, tins, cans, foil and aerosols. 

 red bag

To take part please put clean and dry old clothes and other textiles into the red collection bag next to your blue and green boxes.

Yes please...

  • Clothing in any condition
  • Handbags
  • Belts
  • Towels
  • Shoes (tied/bagged in pairs)
  • Curtains
  • Bed linen 

No thanks...

  • Quilts 
  • Bric-a-brac

Please ensure that your textiles are presented in a scheme bag or alternatively placed in a carrier bag and clearly marked for North Lincolnshire Council. We cannot accept textiles presented in other charity bags.

As from the 2 December 2013 the council and SITA (kerbside contractor) will be jointly donating approximately £35* per tonne to Lindsey Lodge Hospice, for textiles and clothing collected from our red bag kerbside collections.  This is a trial scheme for one year and will be reviewed in December 2014. *Price is dependent on market values at the time.

If you leave your bag out when you have filled it, you will receive a replacement.

If you need a new textile bag please complete the textile bag request form or contact the Customer Helpline.

What happens next? 

Find out what happens next to your textiles.

carrier bag

To take part please put your small electrical items in a standard supermarket carrier bag and place it next to your blue and green boxes.

Yes please…

Any electrical appliance with a plug or uses batteries that fits into a carrier bag,  e.g.

  • Telephones and chargers
  • Toasters 
  • Irons
  • Power tools
  • Hair driers
  • Games consoles
  • Electronic toys    

No thanks…

  • Any electrical item too big to fit into a carrier bag
  • Microwave ovens
  • TVs
  • Computer screens
  • Fluorescent tubes and light bulbs

What happens next?

Find out what happens next to your small electrical items.

Green bin

Your green or grey bin is for general waste which cannot be recycled.

 We cannot collect...  

  • Excess waste
  • Building materials
  • Soil and rubble
  • Asbestos

Please note that we cannot take any excess waste and that bin lids are closed flat for collection.

Your bin should be presented at the edge of your property by 7am on collection day.

New residents 

New residents are provided with a 140 litre general waste bin free of charge.  Please complete the bin request form for new residents or contact the Customer Helpline.

If you require a new 240 litre general waste bin there is a charge please see our fees and charges page or contact us for costs.

Replacement bins

You may be entitled to a free replacement bin if yours has been lost, stolen or damaged. To apply for a new or replacement general waste bin please fill in the replacement bins/boxes request form at the top of the page or contact Customer Helpline.

What happens next?

Find out what happens next to your general waste bin.


To find out when your bins, boxes and bags will be collected, visit our bin collection dates page.

Recycle for North Lincolnshire

wastemanagement@northlincs.gov.uk

Customer Contact Centre:

01724 297000

Waste Services Depot
Cottage Beck Road
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN16 1TS

Last updated: 22/10/2014
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