Garden waste scheme is a success at the side of the road
THE second full season of kerbside garden waste collections by Boston Borough Council has been declared a success.
The number of people signing up to the scheme has increased in the last year, with many residents choosing to take an additional bin.
George Bernard, head of environmental operations for Boston Borough Council, said: "The season started with another thousand or so residents having joined the scheme over the winter months.
"Between the start of the season in March and now several hundred brown bins have been added to the collection list. Although many are for residents who did not partake in the scheme in its early days, many more are additional bins where people have realised that they need further containers.
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"The number of bins on the fortnightly collection route now numbers well over 13,000, which is astonishing, given that we expected roughly half of that at the outset. So far in 2013, we have delivered more than 3,000 tonnes of garden waste to be turned into compost.
"A goodly proportion of this would have traditionally been put by thousands of us into our green wheeled bins and this would have ended up in landfill, producing greenhouse gases as well.
"In June of this year, for the first time ever, the council sent less than half of its residents' waste to landfill, with a recycling/composting rate of more than 51 per cent."
The 2013 season of brown bin collections will cease in mid-November.
The last collection in the Fenside, north Boston area will be on November 13 and in the Kirton area on November 14.
Stickers are being placed on brown bins to inform residents.
The new season will start a bit earlier next year - the week commencing March 17.