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The way forward for your waste

A county-wide strategy for the future of waste collection has been recommended for adoption by Boston Borough Council.

The council's Cabinet members agreed the in-depth document, which seeks to regularise waste and recycling collections throughout Lincolnshire.

The council is a member of the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership, along with all other district councils, the county council and the Environment Agency.

They have been working towards the best environmental options to provide innovative, customer-friendly waste management solutions that give value for money.

Feedback from public consultation has been incorporated into the strategy and it aims to tackle issues such as a growing population producing more waste - Lincolnshire generates 360,000 tonnes a year - falling recycling rates and waste going into the wrong bins. A quarter of all waste placed in recycling bins is not actually recyclable. And a quarter of the general waste could be recycled.

The strategy includes consideration of separate food waste collections where technically, environmentally and economically practical. It will also work towards UK recycling targets of 50 per cent by 2020 and 55 per cent by 2025.

Cabinet members were at pains to dismiss recent social media chatter circulating an unfounded rumour that there were moves afoot to weight residents' refuse bins. They emphasised that there were no plans to weigh individual bins. Replacement weighing scales for the bin lorries only keep the drivers informed so they do not exceed gross weight limits for the lorries. It indicates to them when the total load is due for unloading.

You can see the full Waste Strategy for Lincolnshire at https://bit.ly/2PiNKIy