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Chance of winning a year's free garden waste collection service

Boston Borough Council has now launched its garden waste collection service for this growing season and ten lucky residents who register online and pay by direct debit could end up receiving their fortnightly service for free.

The incentive has been introduced to encourage more to use the easiest, quickest and most economic way for the council to register those who want to take advantage of the service for the coming growing season.

The council is pegging the charge for collection, with no increase in 2017 - £30 for emptying of a single bin plus £15 for emptying each additional bin. For those new to the service, or those requiring extra bins, there will be a one-off charge of £25 to buy each bin plus the service charge.

Online registration is now available, two weeks in advance of other methods of signing up.

Those customers who sign up online and pay by direct debit will be entered into a prize draw and ten will be chosen at random to receive the free service. Their fee will be returned to them, up to the value of £30.

Those who want to sign up using the telephone, or in person, can sign up from Monday, February 20, 2017.

The service will start again on Tuesday, February 28 and run to December 1, 2017, over 40 weeks (20 fortnightly collections).

Customers renewing their garden waste collections should put their brown bins out on the same day as last year. If you cannot remember what day that should be, or are new to the service, you can find out by entering your postcode into our computer-generated garden waste collection date confirmation service at http://bit.ly/2j4c3uG or phone on 01205 311112.

For the 2017 season all who pay will receive yellow-coded stickers to apply to their brown bins. These need to be fixed firmly to the back of the bin, just below the handles. If you are renewing your service for 2017, please place the new yellow sticker directly beneath last year's green sticker (pictured).

Cllr Michael Brookes, the council's portfolio holder for waste services, said: "This service is now well established and much appreciated and I want to thank all those who used the service last year. We are offering it again this year without any increase in cost.

"If you have a garden there are good reasons for requesting that the council makes a kerbside collection of your garden waste. While anyone can still take their own garden waste to the Slippery Gowt tip for no charge, the council's collection service means residents do not have to move dirty waste in their own vehicles.

"You can also contribute to the borough's green ethos of recycling garden waste into environmentally-friendly compost."

You can find out more at Garden Waste Collection Scheme 2017/18

Last year's garden waste collections generated 5,000 tonnes of waste sent for recycling into compost.

Residents are reminded that they must not put garden waste in their green or blue bins. This will contaminate waste bound for the Energy from Waste plant near Lincoln or for recycling. Contaminated bins will not be emptied.

All your waste bins - garden, general waste and recycled materials - must be placed at the edge of your property with the handles facing outwards by 5.30am on the day of collection, or the night before. Bins should not be overfilled - for safe use of the tipping mechanism on the bin lorries, the bin lids must be shut prior to emptying. Please do not compact waste as it makes it difficult to unload it and some may get left in the bin.

The council cannot take additional garden waste that won't fit in your brown bin.

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