“We will keep going until we eradicate litter”: War on litter continues in North Lincolnshire

Bins, Waste and Recycling
10:39, Wednesday, 16th November 2022

A raft of recycling bins have been installed in towns and villages across North Lincolnshire as part of the latest offensive in the war on litter.

The Recycle on the Go bins are now available in Kirton-in-Lindsey, Messingham, Crowle and Winterton shopping areas – with Burton-upon-Stather and South Killingholme next on the list, together with Waters’ Edge and the Humber Bridge viewing area.

It comes after hundreds of other bins across the county were doubled in size and emptied more frequently, further enhancing the network of more than 1,500 already in place.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Littering is anti-social behaviour, and we will not tolerate it here in North Lincolnshire – I keep saying and will keep saying it until it sinks in, we will keep going until we eradicate litter.

“We spend an awful lot of tax-payers’ money cleaning up after other people, keeping the streets clean and tidy, providing thousands of bins for people to use in town and villages and across the road network.

“There is no excuse for dropping litter and communities are fed up of dealing with it – it is not fair, it is not right and it will not continue.”

The Recycle on the Go (RotG) facilities enable people to recycle materials like bottles, cans and newspapers in public places.

The details for eradicating litter from North Lincolnshire’s streets were initially set out in a new Litter Plan launched in July this year. This latest update on the plan will be discussed by the Council’s Cabinet meeting on Monday 21 November.

It comes as a two-year trial of fining people £150 if caught dropping litter has seen more than 2,000 people fined – with some stung for more than £400 after refusing to pay, only to be slapped with additional fees in court.

Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for environment, said: “We provide a comprehensive network of bins and recycling facilities for people in town, villages and rural areas, we regularly deploy waste teams to clear up after others and we continue to maintain high standards of recycling waste collected from households – less than 1 per cent goes to landfill from the 70,000 plus collections made every week.

“On top of this, there are so many incredible litter pickers who get involved and help clear up their communities after other people, it really is a tremendous team effort.

“While we remain furious with those who think it is acceptable for others to clean up after them, we remain hugely grateful to those community spirited folk who actually do.”

To get involved visit www.northlincs.gov.uk/a-green-future.