Plans for garden waste collection charge in Lincolnshire district
Residents in a Lincolnshire district could face a £25 annual charge for their garden waste bin collection if council plans are passed at an executive board meeting on Tuesday.
Charges would come into effect in April 2013 although North Kesteven District Council has been providing the service for free since July 2004.
The move is a cost-saving exercise with the current budget for garden waste collection at £770,000 a year.
Legislation states the council is obliged to collect garden waste on request, but unlike with normal recycling it can impose charges for doing so.
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Additional bins can be ordered at the same property at an extra charge of £10 per bin per year, with four being the maximum number allowed.
First time provision of a bin, for example, to new residents, would result in a £35 charge for the initial year of the service.
Collections are recommended to be fortnightly between February and November and monthly between January and December.
NKDC predict that a likely take-up rate of the service will be around 50 per cent. Those not wishing to use the service will get to keep their current brown wheelie bins.
Implications of the scheme include fitting in-cab technology within the waste collection vehicles to monitor which homes have paid for green waste collection. An estimated cost to fit this to the four vehicles is £20,000.
Administration expenditure, such as maintaining databases, raising invoices and collecting debts, will also be inevitable.
South Kesteven District Council budgeted £50,000 for the first year when it introduced collection charges in 2011.