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Introduction of charges for N E Lincs garden waste collections

North East Lincolnshire Council has received a number of enquiries regarding the introduction of charges for green waste collections.

To confirm, the council’s cabinet met yesterday (February 18) to consider the results of a consultation on the future of garden waste collections in North East Lincolnshire.

The councillors discussed a full and detailed analysis of the consultation exercise, which asked residents whether they wanted the collection of garden waste to stop or if they were willing to make a payment for the service to continue.

Garden waste collection is a service which, under Section 45(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and detailed in The Controlled Waste England and Wales Regulations (2012), the council can at its discretion level a charge. And almost a third of councils across England now charge to collect green waste.

The council currently provides a free kerbside garden waste collection service to around 56,000 households (78 per cent) within the borough, at an annual cost of £1.3million to collect and dispose of the waste. However, faced with government imposed cuts it is a service the council can no longer afford to subsidise.

The cabinet has decided to introduce a charge for the collection garden waste. The council will write to all households in due course with full details of when and how the scheme will be launched. Until then the current scheme remains in place.