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Garden waste: '£30 is a fair price to pay'

A Boston resident with a disability has backed Boston Borough Council's Cabinet recommendation for garden waste collections to continue with a charge to users.

Molly Fixter, who has sight impairment, said she supported the recommendation to the full council to continue the brown bin service at a charge of £30 a year.

Molly said: "£30 seems a fair price to pay for such an invaluable service and I do hope the full council will agree to this on December 14.

"Boston residents who are elderly and/or disabled rely on the brown bin service and, because of our limitations, we are not allowed to drive.  Thus we have no transport to take our garden waste to the tip.

"Brown bins let us dispose of garden waste in an environmentally-friendly way.

"We do hope the Council will take this into account before coming to a final solution."

The Cabinet heard on Wednesday that responses to public consultation were overwhelmingly in favour of paying to retain the service. The proposal is for an annual charge of £30, £15 for additional bins and two additional collections a year so providing the service from the beginning of March to the end of November.

The service has been free since 2012. Because of continuing austerity measures the council has a projected budget shortfall next financial year of more than half a million pounds, with more pain to come in future years. It has also been judged fairer to ask the users to pay so that those who do not want or need the service are not subsidising it through their council tax.

Those who do not want to pay the charge can still take their garden waste to the Slippery Gowt tip for free, or home compost. 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.

Most councils now charge for garden waste to be collected.