Bags to the future for green waste collection in Boston

Boston Borough Council's new green waste scheme.'L-R George Bernard - head of operations, deputy leader of BBC, Michael Brookes, Becky Shinn - recycling officer.
Boston Borough Council's new green waste scheme.'L-R George Bernard - head of operations, deputy leader of BBC, Michael Brookes, Becky Shinn - recycling officer.

CHANGES in how to dispose of house and garden waste are set to affect 10,000 households in the borough.

From August 1 a three-month pilot scheme to trial a new way for green/garden waste to be collected from 40 per cent of homes in the Boston area will run with fortnightly collections.

At a Boston Borough Council joint scrutiny committee meeting on Thursday members voted to go ahead with the scheme during which an estimated 700 tonnes of biodegradable garden waste will be diverted from landfill and sent for composting. This will equate to a saving of £45,731 with the money used to pilot the new ‘cost-neutral’ scheme.

“This kerbside green waste collection scheme is what the people of the borough want,” said Coun Michael Brookes, portfolio holder for green waste, refuse and recycling.

“During the growing season at least 30 per cent of the residual waste goes to landfill is garden waste. We need to put this right.”

Ten refuse collection rounds which produce the most garden waste were identified for inclusion in the scheme. During this time households will be issued with blue sacks to put their recyclables in and the blue bins will be used solely for garden waste.

Currently garden waste is put in with residual household waste in the green bins, but during the scheme this will no longer be permitted.

Even those without a garden will still have to use the blue sacks for their recyclable matierials - including glass.

Coun David Owens voiced concerns about residents being confused with the new scheme leading to cross-contamination between the refuse. “I can foresee a great deal of confusion and non-compliance.” he said. “We already have cross-contaminations issue now with the two bins.”

The council said it was not looking to impose fines, but may not collect the rubbish if it is placed in the wrong bin/bag.

If the pilot is successful the council will look at the possibility of rolling out a garden waste collection system across the borough – with one option being the introduction of a new wheelie bin.

* What do you think to the scheme? Email your views to gemma.gadd@jpress.co.uk