Green scheme is a winner as 70 tonnes of waste collected

THE first week of Boston Borough Council’s new garden waste scheme has been a grand success, according to authority officials.

Around 70 tonnes of green waste were taken from areas taking part in the trial, which began on Monday, August 1.

The waste will be taken and turned into compost by the borough council, rather than going to landfill, which would have happened otherwise.

Coun Michael Brookes, portfolio holder for green waste, refuse and recycling, said: “Early results are really pleasing. We thank everyone who is taking part in the trial for their support and bearing with us in the early days while everything is bedding in. Please continue to let us have your helpful feedback about the trial.”

A total of 10,000 homes in the town are taking part in the trial, which will run until November.

All residents in the trial have had recycling bags delivered to their homes, which they are to use for regular recycling such as tins, glass and plastic.

The blue bin, which is normally used for recyclable items, is to be used for garden waste, such as grass cuttings, branches and prunings from trees.

Green bins will continue to be used as normal for waste which is to go to landfill.

Council officials have said the results of the collection far exceeded their expectations

George Bernard, head of environmental services at Boston Borough Council, said: “All in all, the week was more fruitful than we had expected and the tonnages greater than we had hoped for.

“We are hopeful that over the forthcoming weeks, the service will settle down and deliver improved tonnages of garden waste and equally, significantly reduce the volumes of landfill waste that we collect.”

He added that some residents had misunderstood the council’s directions to use the blue bin for garden waste and the blue bag for other recyclable waste, but said the amount of waste which was collected through the first week was “a testament to the people of Boston” and council staff.

The council decided to trial the green waste scheme in a bid to divert the large amount of garden waste which goes to landfill into recycling channels.

Members said it was what the people of the town wanted.

The areas which were chosen for the trial were selected as they are on collection rounds which have the largest amount of garden waste.

Information about the volume of garden waste which is collected will help decide what needs to be done with waste in the future.

Mr Bernard said: “If we do divert large tonnages from the landfill stream, the financial savings that Lincolnshire County Council will make in disposal costs, by delivering diverted material to composting rather than landfill, will mean that the entire trial can be paid for by savings made. There is no reason to think that we cannot deliver more diverted waste away from the Slippery Gowt landfill site than we’d expected.”

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