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FAQs

Frequently asked questions in waste disposal and recycling:

How do I get rid of a dead animal in my garden?

We do not collect dead animals from private households.

Suitably wrapped you can place the animal in your residual refuse bin (green bin). If you are not happy disposing of the animal yourself, you would need to contact a private contractor; names can be found in the Yellow Pages or Thomson directory.
However if you suspect the animal has died of a notifiable disease, you will have to report the animal to DEFRA or the Animal and Plant Health Agency.

How do I apply for an additional green or blue wheeled bin?

If there are six or more people in your household and you are producing extra waste alongside your green and blue bins on every collection day, please email waste@boston.gov.uk or call the Customer Service Team on 01205 314200 and leave your name and address and a member of staff will send you an application form in the post.

We only give out extra green wheeled bins if necessary, so we will get in touch with you if you meet the requirements. We try to encourage recycling as much as we can so if you recycle a lot more than a standard bin will take, we will be happy to give you an extra blue wheeled bin.

Will you take side waste with each of my bins?

Green: We will take up to 4 black sacks alongside your green bin.
Blue: We try to encourage recycling as much as we can, so any blue sacks that you put alongside your blue bin, we will be happy to collect.
Brown: Unfortunately, we do not take any side waste with your brown bin. You can either take this to the Household Waste Recycling Centre, Slippery Gowt, Wyberton or you can pay a minimum fee of £25 (depending on how much garden waste you have to dispose of) as a bulky collection and we will come to collect it from your house on a set day. If you find that you have a lot of extra garden waste fortnightly, I would advise that you purchase an additional brown wheeled bin at a charge of £25.

Tip: If you are having a party and know that you will be having lots of extra rubbish, it is best to inform the Council via email at waste@boston.gov.uk or via telephone on 01205 314200 so that we can make the refuse team aware extra rubbish will need to be collected.

Where can I get black/blue sacks from?

Blue recycling sacks are FREE to collect from main reception at Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston Monday to Friday from 08:45am to 16:45pm

If we missed your green bin and we have no reason logged as to why, we will send some black bags out to you in the post, just call us with your name and address on 01205 314200 and we will send them out to you.

Can I put black sacks in my blue wheeled bin?

No. Black sacks are to be placed into your green wheeled bin only. We ask people to put recyclables loose in the blue wheeled bin or to use blue sacks, provided free from the Council that you can collect from Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston.

I can't wheel my bin to the kerbside due to being elderly and/or infirm, what should I do?

We can offer and provide you with an assisted collection service where our refuse team can collect your bin from somewhere deemed suitable to you and return the bin to the same place once it has been emptied.

If you would like to receive this service, please call out Customer Service Team on 01205 314200.

Please note: We will not collect bins that are behind locked gates, the gate will have to be unlocked for us to access the bin.

I have witnessed a fly tip/littering/dog fouling offence, how do I report this?

If you are happy to formally report what you have seen, please click on the following link where you can fill out a witness report form, that will go direct to our Enforcement Officer, Becky Shinn, who will get in contact with you and explain what we, as the Council, can do about it.

I want to report a fly tip, but I have no details of the offender?

Please call our Customer Service Team on 01205 314200 to report the fly tip. Our fly tipping team will go out and clear the items within 5 working days.

I have just moved into the Borough, how do I find out when my bin collection days are?

Please click on the following link, type in your postcode for your area and it will show you your bin collection days:

Find your bin day

My bin hasn't been emptied, who do I need to speak to?

Was your bin presented by 05:30am? Have your neighbours' bins been emptied?

If you have answered yes, please contact the Customer Service Team on 01205 314200 and a member of staff will be able to inform you a reason as to why your bin has been missed. If you dispute the reason we have provided you, we have a CCTV in-cab system installed in our refuse vehicles which we monitor. We can look back on CCTV from 30 days and requests will be dealt within 3 working days.

If there was no reason as to why your bin has been missed, we will add you to our recollection list and your bin will get recollected as soon as operationally possible.

My wheeled bin has been broken, how do I get it replaced and do I have to pay?

All wheeled bins are your own responsibility. If any bins are damaged through neglect or misuse e.g. too heavy or due to age, the cost of repair or replacement will be chargeable to you at £25. If your brown bin is damaged, please email gardenwaste@boston.gov.uk to report it or call 01205 311112.

If any of your wheeled bins (blue, green or brown) become damaged via the collection process, we will repair or replace them for you free of charge, as soon as is reasonably practical (we have in-cab CCTV monitors to check if bins have been damaged via the collection process).

Please email us at waste@boston.gov.uk with your address and the colour of the bin that has been broken and we will add you to our bin delivery list. Alternatively, you can contact our Customer Service Team on 01205 314200.

What time is the tip open?

The Household Waste Recycling Centre, Slippery Gowt Lane, Wyberton is open from 09:00am to 16:00pm daily.

For further enquiries, please call Environmental Services at Lincolnshire County Council on 01522 782070 as the tip is operated on behalf of County Council.

I have noticed an overflowing litter/dog fouling bin, how do I report this?

Please email us at waste@boston.gov.uk with the location of the litter/dog fouling bin and we will have it emptied as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can call the Customer Service Team to report it on 01205 314200.