Pilot kerbside garden waste scheme to launch next April

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A pilot garden waste 
collection scheme will launch in South Holland from next April.

Members of South Holland District Council’s Cabinet unanimously approved the project at a meeting on Tuesday night.

The two-year pilot will initially be available to 5,000 households with residents who sign up provided with wheelie bins.

A total of 500 kerbside collections will be made daily on a two-week rota. This will be split between Spalding households one week and Holbeach, Crowland, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge, Donington, Gosberton and Surfleet the next week.

Residents in these areas will be invited to sign up on a first-come first-served basis.

There will be an initial charge of £49 for 24 collections a year and an initial one off charge of £15 to cover extras including delivery and lease of the bins.

Residents wishing to participate on an ad hoc basis or those living in a property which isn’t suitable for a wheelie bin can purchase paper sacks.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for waste management, said: “We are launching the pilot in response to the results of a survey and feedback from residents.

“It also likely that other local recycling services will be restricted in future meaning that residents have fewer options when it comes to recycling garden waste.

“We believe that at £2 a collection, this scheme represents excellent value for money and will be much cheaper than having to travel to recycle garden waste.”

Last year households were surveyed on interest in such a scheme, particularly method of collection and cost.

Around 85 per cent of respondents were interested in a garden waste collection service, with 60 per cent indicating they would be happy with a wheelie bin and 65 per cent prepared to pay £2 per collection.

It is also hoped that the scheme will help to boost composting and recycling rates in the district.

Further announcements about the pilot scheme and details on how to sign up will be made shortly.