Councillors agree deal to save £300k on refuse collections

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Council bosses have drawn up a money-saving deal to try to share bin collection resources with neighbouring East Lindsey.

Boston Borough Council will spend £50,000 setting up a new deal which will stop refuse trucks having to travel all the way down from Louth to take rubbish from streets in this area.

The details have not yet been decided but it is thought the waste from areas just beyond the borough boundary will be handled at Boston Waste Transfer Station, along with that from Boston and South Holland.

At last Wednesday’s cabinet meeting portfolio holder Coun Mike Brookes said that the plan should eventually save about £300,000 a year, with about £100,000 of that to benefit Boston.

CounBrookes said previous changes – including making refuse collectors do the same number of hours across four days – have already save cash and said East Lindsey was looking to follow suit.

He stressed several times that the council is not looking to charge for green waste collections, as East Lindsey does.

Council strategic director Phil Drury said he hoped the new changes could come in as soon as possible in 2014.

Coun Derek Richmond said: “I think this is a good idea really. I don’t see any sense in two vehicles travelling down the same piece of road collecting.”

He added: “It seems a total waste of money, as soon as we go ahead with this the better.”

Fellow councillor Mike Gilbert said: “I think as a Conservative administration, not to do something like this would be negligent really. It is a good opportunity to deliver a better service at a lower cost.”

It was passed unanimously.