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Plans for garden waste collection charge in Lincolnshire district

By AlexColman  |  Posted: November 30, 2012

Plans for garden waste collection charge in Lincolnshire district
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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.

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  • Pete67  |  December 04 2012, 4:50PM

    Oldernwiser - It may be only 50p a week, and people wouldn't complain if they said they were going to put the rates down for the non users. More like they're charging for it then charging 50p on top of what they're getting to start with, as well they're likely selling compost made from the garden waste to make a bit more.

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  • Numb_Chumpy  |  December 04 2012, 4:17PM

    "Just, please, stop bleating and give the rest of us a break." Newsflash: people who are against this change are just as entitled to express their opinions as you are. "And while you're counting your blessings, be thankful you don't live in Syria, or Libya, or Haiti or the Philippines, most of Mexico and many other parts Central and South America ... or all those parts of Africa where hundreds are murdered and women are brutally raped, each and every day, simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time." What a completely pathetic argument. Next time you buy some Lemsip would it be OK for the cashier to say "What do you want this for? It's just a cold - don't you know that some people are dying with cancer"?

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  • Oldernwiser  |  December 04 2012, 3:54PM

    Oh for goodness sake! It's less than 50 pence a week and it's actually optional - and yet people are carrying on here on as if their world is coming to an end. If you don't want to pay it you don't have to - just be glad you've got a home and a garden and make your own arrangements for the disposal of your garden waste. Just, please, stop bleating and give the rest of us a break. And while you're counting your blessings, be thankful you don't live in Syria, or Libya, or Haiti or the Philippines, most of Mexico and many other parts Central and South America ... or all those parts of Africa where hundreds are murdered and women are brutally raped, each and every day, simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And where trying to stay alive and feed oneself and one's children are truly difficult. Please, please - just try to keep a sense of proportion .....

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  • Pete67  |  December 04 2012, 2:15PM

    Gnome_Chomsky 'If this plan helps to reduce the council tax of people with no gardens' - I only wish I lived in a world where I could dream the wildest dreams, and expect them to come true.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  December 03 2012, 9:53PM

    Ian_Heighton - Are you aware that eduction and waste collection are done by different councils? I have no idea whether you live in NKDC, but I do and I am pleased with the way they deal with me. If this plan helps to reduce the council tax of people with no gardens, while offering a better service to people with big spaces and big demand for recycling, so be it.

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  • G_Whizz  |  December 03 2012, 4:43PM

    Alex Colman should know nothing is "free". Brown bin collections are paid for through current Council Tax Bills. I wrote giving ten reasons why this £25 charge was a bad idea for him to publish. but here I state :- North Kesteven District Council should be refusing to implement Government Cuts Instead it should forward a budget in the interests of its constituents and residents Heaven knows, there have been enough national protests against the Cuts

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  • Ian_Heighton  |  December 03 2012, 4:24PM

    Garden waste isn't collected for free, it's included in the Council Tax that everyone pays. If they want us to start menu pricing, that's fine. I don't have any kids, so I'll take a huge rebate on the education component of the council tax.

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  • Pete67  |  December 03 2012, 12:50PM

    Oldernwiser - 'garden waste has not always been collected for free' - Then they found out it could be a nice little earner. Well if they made a bit of profit then how come they can't now? Or is it they want to make money both ways (like a lot of Government schemes)

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  • Oldernwiser  |  December 02 2012, 8:03PM

    £25 eh? So, for the equivalent of the cost of four packets of cigarettes or five or six glasses of wine or pints of bitter and the council will continue to provide you with a large wheeled bin and collect and dispose of pretty well all your garden waste for a whole year. And you're up in arms? Doesn't seem like too bad a deal - and folk in parts of the country where they have always had to pay (and very often pay more) would be amused at the outrage this is causing. We should all be aiming to be good environmental citizens, all aiming to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. The nation has little space left for rubbish - and no one wants a new site opened on their doorstep. Once again, sadly, too many contributors to this site have shown themselves to be averse to the notion of citizenship - and keen on the notion of undoing the good work that has gone on already. For information - garden waste has not always been collected for free ..... far from it. Placing garden waste in domestic bins was universally prohibited until fairly recently - first came free compost bins (provided by many councils, altho' not all) and then came collection of garden waste once wheeled bins came on the scene and targets for reducing waste to landfill were set. What is more - for the sake of those who suggest we'll soon be charged for collection of other recylables and landfill waste - that would require fresh legislation so is most unlikely ...... How anyone can get into such a tizz over less than 50 pence a week to have all one's garden waste collected from one's home address and disposed of eludes me. Why anyone would want would want to go to the trouble of hiding their waste in the landfill bin to save less than 50 pence a week is equally baffling. And why anyone would set out to divert usable waste to landfill for such a paltry sum, is quite beyond my understanding. But then again, there do seem to be a surprising number of contributors to this site who get very angry over next to nothing and / or seem to have no wish to be a better citizen. Which is a very sad, don't you think?

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  • minpigad  |  December 02 2012, 11:04AM

    Once again the councilors have introduced a new back door tax that is going to cost more. What is going to happen is that people will use their normal waste bins which will mean that this will go to landfill sites and will cost more than £25 per household a year to do so. Is it not time this cabinet and all the councilors were voted off the council? Roll on the next local elections.

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