Village waste collection is binned off

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Gardeners in Donington are to lose their monthly waste collections provided by Lincolnshire County Council.

Saturday collections in the village - along with five other areas in South Holland - will end this month as part of a £400,000 cut in the council’s waste and recycling budget.

The move comes just days before South Holland District Council brings in its own paid-for garden waste collection service in some areas.

Peter Fleming, of Donington, said: “I went to our monthly waste collection site and the first thing I saw was a notice saying there will be no more collections from this site as of March 31.

“This came only a matter of days after we received our council tax bill informing us of an overall increase of 3.95 per cent for the coming year.

“So we are going to pay more, but services will be reduced. This could lead to an increase in waste being dumped all over the countryside.”

He added: “South Holland District Council is in the process of introducing a wheelie bin collection service on 24 occasions throughout the year, but this is only being done in selected areas and is not up and running yet.

“Until there is a properly thought out waste and recycling process in place, I would urge everyone to contact Lincolnshire County Council and their local councils to protest about the withdrawal of this vital service.”

Coun Reg Shore, executive member for waste and recycling at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Our funding from central government is reducing and we need to scale back our spending on services by £170 million over the next four years. As part of this, waste services needs to play its part by cutting its annual waste and recycling budget by £400,000.

“I understand this may mean slightly longer journeys for some people, but we have a responsibility to make the best use of our budget and provide value to the taxpayer.”