Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Changes to Waste Services At West Lindsey

Garden waste collections in West Lindsey will be suspended from November until the end of February 2012, councillors have decided.

This decision was approved by the Prosperous Communities Committee on Wednesday and will help the council save a total of £168,000.

Waste Services Manager, Mr. Glyn Pilkington explained that during the winter months there is a dramatic reduction in the amount of garden waste collected. He said:
“All councils have to make significant savings and we’ve had to review everything we deliver and make some tough decisions – including suspending garden waste collections.
“We apologise for the inconvenience, and we are here to answer any questions residents may have.”
Prior to the decision, the council consulted with members of West Lindsey’s Citizens’ Panel where more than 850 responded to a recent survey.

Residents are now being encouraged to consider composting their garden waste or take it to their local household waste recycling centre (HWRC).

There will also be a restructure of the refuse and recycling collections from the start of November 2011. This may mean a change of collection day for some residents.

New waste collection calendars will be delivered to all homes in West Lindsey during October and residents are asked to read their new calendars carefully to see how the changes will affect them.

The changes are aimed at giving local people better value for money by making the refuse and recycling collection rounds more cost effective and at the same time reducing carbon emissions.

Chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee, Councillor Malcolm Parish, Conservative (Welton Ward), said:
“Councils have no choice but to be smarter about how they spend money.

“By restructuring our rounds we can make this considerable saving without reducing the quality of service to local people.

“The green garden waste service is popular and well used throughout most of the year but our lorries collect much less during the winter months and our residents have told us that this is an area we should look at to make efficiency savings.”
Other options for garden waste disposal include home composting.  Subsidised composters starting at £15 are available by contacting 0844 571 4444 or by ordering on line at http://www.lincscc.getcomposting.com/

Alternatively, you can use your local Household Waste Recycling Centre – further information is available at www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/hwrc
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