New funds give threatened garden waste service a future

GARDEN waste collections are to go ahead in Boston after funding cuts took the service to the brink of being dumped.

Boston Borough Council announced in March it needed to find a new way to pay for its green waste collection service, after the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs cut its funding.

At the time £40,000 was needed, but the authority has allocated a start-up fund of £10,000 from savings to bring the service back from Saturday.

It says it will then continue to explore options to keep the collections going to the end of the growing season in November.

George Bernard, head of environmental operations at the borough council, said: “The council recognises what a valuable service this is to gardeners in the borough, although provision of a collection service is a challenge in these financially-restricted times.”

The scheme sees a collection team sent to designated sites in Boston and the surrounding villages on a rota basis.

Householders who cannot compost their own garden waste are advised they still have the option of taking it to the Lincolnshire County Council Household Waste Recycling Centre in Slippery Gowt Lane, Wyberton.

l For details on collections points, dates and times see page 16.