Thanks for helping go green

MAY we take the opportunity of thanking all residents who took part in the three-month garden waste trial for their valuable support.

We collected almost 900 tonnes of green waste during the period, which was even more than we had anticipated and, as a consequence, we were able to significantly reduce the amount of waste that was sent to landfill.

For those residents covered by the scheme we managed to recycle or compost more than half (52 per cent) of their waste, which is a fantastic achievement.

At the end of the pilot scheme we delivered questionnaires to 1,000 participants – around 10 per cent of all of the households which took part in the scheme – and received more than half of them back. In terms of response rate to questionnaires and surveys this is exceptional.

Although some residents were critical of the service and the way that we went about delivering it, many residents were very positive about how it had benefited them by making it easier and more convenient for them to dispose of garden waste responsibly and in reducing their trips to the household waste recycling site.

The results of the survey will help us to identify what residents thought about the service and will allow us to try to deliver what people want and need in future years.

At well over £80 per tonne, sending material to landfill is becoming an increasingly expensive option and is not sustainable in the long term, so Lincolnshire County Council is building an energy-from-waste plant in North Hykeham into which all residual waste from all of the councils in the county will be delivered.

Power and heat will then be produced from our waste which is a far better solution than building man-made hills out of it.

Please check our website and the local media for any updates on future service provision, but once again, many thanks from us all at Boston Borough Council for making such a success of the pilot and for those residents who have given us such valuable feedback throughout.

COUN MICHAEL BROOKES

Waste services portfolio holder at Boston Borough Council