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Brown bin day is January 31 - put it in your diary

Spring bulbs are already pushing their green shoots through the soil, so days spent in the garden will soon come around. Brown bin season will soon be upon us, so make sure you sign up for Boston Borough Council's garden waste collection service.

The choices? Loading grass cuttings, leaves, hedge trimmings, weeds together with those unwanted passengers you find later (slugs, spiders, earwigs) into your car to take to the tip or, with a quick online click, signing up for someone to come and take your garden waste away for you for proper disposal.

It couldn't be easier - www.boston.gov.uk/gardenwaste is the online address to use from Wednesday, January 31, to book your fortnightly kerbside brown bin collection. No queuing, no waiting, no journey out into the cold and wet.  There has been no price increase from last year - it will still be £30 for the collection of a single bin and £15 for each additional bin. Still great value for money at just £1.50 per collection. New customers will have to pay £25 for the purchase and delivery of their brown bin.

You could even get the coming season's service for free - all existing online direct debit customers continuing with the service, and new online customers signing up by direct debit, can enter a prize draw and ten lucky winners will receive the 2018/19 garden waste collection service for FREE, to the value of £30. All those eligible will receive notification.

Collections for the new 2018/19 growing season will start in April. Existing customers who signed up last year will receive the last of the current growing season's collection until the end of March. Those who signed up online AND made a direct debit payment arrangement AND want to continue in April need do nothing more. Those who signed up online but did not make a direct debit payment arrangement need to go to www.boston.gov.uk/gardenwaste from Wednesday, January 31, to sign up and pay again. Or make a direct debit arrangement and save themselves a job next time.

Cllr Michael Brookes, the council's Cabinet member for waste services, said: "Last year the service grew to 12,047 customers, among them those with gardens who can't or don't want to compost and don't want to mess up their cars taking their waste to the tip.

"Don't forget, if you only have a small garden, you can make an arrangement to share a bin with your neighbour. If you have a large garden you can have as many bins as you need.

"It's a service I use. I have found it to be reliable and convenient."