Separate paper and card collections for Boston borough residents to begin in Spring

Image on the purple lid black bin residents will receive.

Residents in Boston borough will soon receive a new purple-lidded recycling bin, for clean and dry paper and card.

This borough-wide roll-out comes after the hugely successful trial last year where residents from Fenside, Wyberton and part of Boston Town trialled putting clean, dry paper and card in a separate purple bin. Over a 12 month period, over 187 tonnes of clean and dry paper and card were collected, with over 98% of residents putting their purple bins out each month.

Cllr Yvonne Stevens, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services at Boston Borough Council, said: "We know this is a change for residents across the borough, so to help, we will be sharing information about the changes, a recycling guide showing which materials go in your blue bin, and a guide for the new purple-lidded bin or alternative container for collecting clean and dry paper and card.

"We will also be hosting virtual sessions where we can help with recycling questions and giving residents tours behind the scenes with our amazing collection staff.

"A dedicated team will be on hand to help and give advice and guidance over the phone, via email and out in the community supporting the team that will be delivering the bins.

"We are expecting to start delivering the new purple-lidded paper and card bins from Monday 22 March and this will take approximately four weeks."

Cllr Eddy Poll, Executive Councillor for Waste and Recycling, said: "COVID and lockdown has meant that homes have increased levels of cardboard packaging to dispose of, so people are finding these bins really useful. For us, it means the paper and card can be kept clean and dry and then can be sent to a dedicated processor in the UK.

"This saves many road miles, reduces carbon emissions and enables a product to be created which can be reused and recycled again."

For more information about recycling in Boston, visit

Published: 22nd February 2021