The mountains of rubbish collected from North Lincolnshire homes every…

The mountains of children’s toys, plastic packaging and black bin bags are a graphic reminder of how much waste North Lincolnshire creates every week.

46,000 tonnes of general waste passes by the Midland Road Waste move stop in Scunthorpe each year.

Some of the waste, which is moved around by tractor in an enormous discarded, nevertheless looks perfectly usable.

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A small reduction in how much rubbish each household throws away could rule to thousands of tonnes less waste.

North Lincolnshire Council leader Rob Waltham is urging people to think about what they put in the bin in a bid to spread the enormous piles of rubbish.

As world leaders argue over how to save the planet, he would like people to make a difference locally by shopping more carefully and reusing items wherever possible.

North Lincolnshire Council leader Councillor Rob Waltham has called for households to cut down what they throw away

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Between 200 and 250 tonnes of general waste are collected at the Scunthorpe depot four times a week.

North Lincolnshire is above average in how much rubbish is recycled, with just over half going on to new uses.

Less than one per cent of North Lincolnshire’s rubbish ends up in landfills, although the aim is to keep pushing the number down.

Waste is sorted three times to ensure as much as possible is recovered.

The biggest problem that collections confront is nevertheless people hiding general waste in the non-recyclable bin.

46,000 tonnes of waste comes to the Midland Road Waste move stop every year

But what the operators can’t do is reduce the amount of waste that is produced – that is down to individual households.

They would also love to see more people selling old items on Facebook instead of chucking it straight in the bin.

Councillor Waltham said: “I would urge people to think about what they are buying and consciously consider where it is going to end up.

“Ideally, items would never need to go into the waste stream at all.

Thousands upon thousands of aluminium cans ready to be recycled

“We make decisions about these things every single day, but as we think more about the climate, these are things we can change our buying habits on.

“Think before you buy. Is there an option to buy without plastic packaging? Or can you re-purpose it for something else?

“Being able to responsibly dispose of products can have a huge impact on the amount of rubbish we see.

“Local markets are excellent both from a price and packaging point compared to supermarkets.”

Neil Abey, a Warehouse worker at the Household Recycling Centre on Cottage Beck Road

At the nearby Household Recycling Centre in Cottage Beck Road, thousands of beer and soft drink cans are piled up like the world’s most dangerous ball pit.

They’re fed into a machine for eight hours a day to separate them into steel or aluminium before being compacted.

The pallets of squashed cubes are valuable, with aluminium being worth £900 a tonne.

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With Christmas approaching, the council would like to see people thinking about what they buy and how they get rid of it.

Small improvements could rule to tonnes less rubbish for waste operators to deal with – and that would be the ideal present for them.

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