Martin Hill: Sorting our recycling is good for the environment and it saves money

Martin Hill and his dog Boris encourages people to recycle EMN-141117-143128001
Martin Hill and his dog Boris encourages people to recycle EMN-141117-143128001

With the introduction of the Energy from Waste (EfW) plant this year, and more residents getting into recycling, we've seen dramatic improvements in the way we deal with waste in Lincolnshire.

I'm encouraged to note that we're already close to meeting the EU target of 50 per cent of waste being sent for recycling, which we were set to meet by 2020. If we all just take a few minutes to separate our waste from recycling, it has many environmental benefits, as well as saving money. It's important that we keep up this momentum, as the Energy from Waste plant only deals with rubbish that can't be recycled.

Waste collections vary from district to district, but as a reminder, in South Kesteven, items for recycling should go in the Silver bins or clear bags. They can include cardboard, yoghurt pots, paper, books, glass bottles, and tins.

Please remember to give food containers and milk cartons a quick rinse out, as left-over food or milk has been known to spill out and contaminate batches of recycling material, wasting both your time and council resources.

Rubbish that's not suitable for recycling such as unwanted food, nappies, plastic toys, and crockery should go in the black bins or pink bags.

Some waste isn't suitable for either bin, so items such as car batteries, CDs, metals and wood can be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) on Pinfold Lane Industrial Estate, Bourne.

For more information and opening times please see http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/recycle-for-lincolnshire/household-waste-rubbish-and-recycling/

The rubbish from your black bins which can't be recycled is now being taken to our state-of-the-art, new Energy from Waste (EfW) facility in North Hykeham. This is on target to process 150,000 tonnes of rubbish by its first birthday in March 2015.

Using the latest technology, the plant burns waste at extremely high temperatures, producing electricity that is fed back into the national grid. The latest news is that over 87,600MWh of electricity had been produced – enough to power 26,500 homes for a year.

The introduction of the EfW plant has seen further benefits to the environment, bringing an end to the practice of burying waste in landfill sites. It also means huge amounts of taxpayers' money will be saved on landfill charges – an estimated £28m over the lifetime of the plant.

To find out more about the plant, call 01522 782070 or visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/recycle-for-lincolnshire/energy-from-waste