Council urges residents to keep their green waste off Boston’s landfill ‘mountain’

ABOVE: One of the borough's biggest waste collection vehicles makes its contribution to Slippery Gowt Heights. INSET: Some of the green waste which costs extra to send to landfill. NA

ABOVE: One of the borough's biggest waste collection vehicles makes its contribution to Slippery Gowt Heights. INSET: Some of the green waste which costs extra to send to landfill. NA

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GREEN-fingered residents are being urged to ‘get mean, think green’ and help Boston Borough Council cut down on its annual £1.5m disposal fees.

Gardeners are being asked not to put their green waste in with the household rubbish as this ends up in landfill.

Andrew Malkin, communications manager for the council, said: “Landfill is the most expensive way of dealing with waste, which is why it makes economic sense to send as little as possible to be disposed of in this way.”

He added: “The highest ‘natural’ point in the borough is a 200-foot hill, incongruous in the flatlands of the Fens. But ‘Slippery Gowt Heights’ is a man-made mountain of your rubbish.”

The council sends around 18,000 tons of rubbish to landfill each year – costing tax payers more than £1.5m in disposal fees.

Samples taken in 2009 from the borough’s household waste bins showed up to 35 per cent of the material sent for landfill during the growing months was green waste.

Advice is for residents to use the green waste collection service, take their garden rubbish to the Slippery Gowt Household Waste Recycling Centre at Wyberton or get hold of a subsidised garden composter via Lincolnshire County Council’s website.

For a list of collection points, dates and times visit www.boston.gov.uk.