Skip It 2019 21 May 2019 Elliott House Skip It Event 2019

TODDLERS with old toys and adults transporting vacuum cleaners, beds and settees, along with rubbish bags full of waste being taken from clogged-up alleyways – just some of the tonnes of waste collected as part of North East Lincolnshire’s second ‘Skip It’ event.

From 8.30am this morning (Tuesday), council employees joined LHP team members at the Elliot House car park off Albion Street on Grimsby’s East Marsh, to offer the free rubbish service for domestic waste.

Huge skips in which different types of waste were sorted by trained staff were being filled as a string of cars lined the road and residents, near enough to walk, carted their unwanted items.

Meanwhile local ward councillors Cllr Steve Beasant and Cllr Kay Rudd took the opportunity to wage a two-person campaign, clearing out some of the private alleyways on the estate – some of which have been completely clogged up by fly-tippers.

North East Lincolnshire Council launched the initiative last year for the first time and it was such a success that it has joined forces with LHP for two more days this year – they are in Albion Street until 3pm today and tomorrow (Wednesday), they will be at the Reed Mere Estate, Hadleigh Road, Immingham, (DN40 1HQ) from 8.30am until 3pm.

Council site manager Paul Paton was delighted with this second event: “We are taking everything from white goods to sofas, other bulky waste and scrap metal. This is very good to see and collecting waste in this way prevents us from having to be reactive in clearing up areas where dumped rubbish is possibly creating a fire or arson hazard,” said Paul, who was joined at the site by Sharon Hunt from Newlincs Development Services - the firm that manages all the waste on behalf of the council.

Bridget Lloyd is Director of Customers at LHP and accompanied a full team - on hand to support the event, while also offering advice on a whole range of housing issues.

“Over the two days we will have a whole range of officers at the events, who can advise on issues such as anti-social behaviour, tenancy and benefits – the message we always give is, if a person is experiencing problems, then come to us straight away as we have people who can help,” said Bridget.

“This event is fabulous, and it is thanks to the partnership working with the council that we are able to stage it – we cannot do things like this in isolation,” she added.

Meanwhile as Cllrs Beasant and Rudd continued to scoop-up rubbish strewn around the estate, they had a message for residents and other organisations: “Jobs cannot be done if we don’t work together,” said Cllr Rudd.

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, NELC’s portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “Last year’s Skip It events were a massive success. We’re really grateful to LHP for teaming up with us to host the first Skip It events of 2019 and to our waste management contractor NEWLINCS for their continued support.

“There was a real buzz about Skip It 2018, with almost 5,000 visitors flocking to the pop-up recycling sites to get rid of 194 tonnes of rubbish – most was recycled or burnt to generate electricity at the Energy from Waste plant. As well as giving people an extra way to get rid of household items they no longer need, Skip It saw a coming together of different organisations and community groups who are active in different wards,” he added.







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