Garden waste collection service to be piloted in South Holland

Garden waste
Garden waste

A pilot garden waste collection service to end the misery of having to queue at recycling centres is set to be launched across South Holland in April next year.

Details of the service are due to come before the Cabinet when the district council meets in Spalding on Tuesday.

The service will be available to 5,000 households, with 500 collections being made each year.

Year one will be financed with £72,500 from the Organisation Development Reserve, with £44,200 released to pay for the initial order of 2,600 bins.

Councillors are expected to rubber stamp the pilot scheme on Tuesday, which will be split in year one between Spalding households one week and Holbeach, Crowland, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge, Donington, Gosberton and Surfleet the next.

The councillors will hear a postcard survey of residents last year resulted in 65 per cent of households confirming they would be happy to pay £2 for each collection.

Further analysis of garden waste collection services in other authorities highlighted a charge of around £45 to £55 was value for money to customers using a wheeled bin garden waste collection service.

In East Lindsey, 32,000 housholds signed up to pay £25 plus £27 for a bin – representing a take-up of 48 per cent.

This will be good news for residents who have had to face long queues to dispose of garden waste at South Holland’s household waste and recycling centre.

In the past ten years, reduction in the opening hours in West Marsh Road has caused issues with long queues during the growing season at the site at weekends.

The introduction of a garden waste service would give households a choice of whether they wished to continue using this method of garden waste disposal or to pay for a collection from their household.

It is estimated the cost of the garden waste disposal scheme will be, on average, cheaper than the equivalent number of journeys to the household waste and recycling centre.

There will be an initial customer annual charge of £49 for 24 collections and a one-off charge of £15 for delivery, repairs, loan of bin, newsletters and offers.

Paper sacks will be provided at a charge of £15 for 10 to households not suitable for a bin within the pilot area.

The current collection policy relating to garden waste using grey pre-paid sacks is to be amended to discourage use in the pilot area.