Council board 'reluctantly' approve garden waste collection charges in Lincolnshire district
New charges for garden waste collection in a Lincolnshire district have been approved by the North Kesteven District Council Executive Board, this afternoon.
Full membership of the council will now take the final decision on the charge on December 13 after the board 'reluctantly' recommended it as a cost saving method.
The move aims to offset the £770,000 annual cost for collection of the bins, without making significant increases to council tax.
If the proposal is passed an annual fee of £25 will be introduced in April 2013, after the service has been provided for free since 2004.
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Homeowners can opt out of the bin collection, still keeping their garden waste bin, but they will have to deal with the recycling themselves.
Council Leader Cllr Marion Brighton OBE, said: "The proposal to charge is made reluctantly. It is not a service which we have to provide, but one we know is well-used and much valued; however in the interests of all residents we believe that it is fairer that only those people wishing to use it are the ones who pay for it.
“With the proposed charge of £25 per year amounting to less than 50 pence per week, I believe that this represents very good value for money, compared with the costs of making trips to household waste recycling centres such as Whisby, Sleaford, Lincoln and Leadenham.
“We know that it will not prove popular with everyone but hope they will appreciate that it is part of our endeavours to keep Council Tax down at a time of reduced Government financial support."
Households are now being encouraged to home compost and NKDC are promoting a discount offer on compost bins.
The discounted home compost bin offer can be accessed by calling 0844 571 4444 and quoting LCC06A or at www.lincscc.getcomposting.com. A 220l or 330l bin can be bought for £16 or £19, with a second at half price.