You can be a brown bin winner
Steve Carnes is a brown bin winner - in more than one way.
He gave up carting his garden waste to the tip when he heard that Boston Borough Council would do it for him.
"It makes sense," he said. "Going to the tip is the man's job, isn't it? And that meant a Sunday afternoon chore and muck and mess in the car, including those unwanted passengers you found later, such as slugs, snails and spiders."
Caption: Steve puts his secateurs and brown bin to good use in readiness for the next collection of garden waste.
Steve counts it as good value to pay £30 for the council to have the annual task of collecting his garden waste from his brown bin at the kerbside and taking it away for him.
He signed up and paid for the service from the comfort of his own home using the online facility. He set up a direct debit arrangement to continue with the service and last year was one of ten lucky direct debit online customers to win his service for free.
"That wasn't my motivation for signing up online, but it is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. Online signing up is quick, easy, you don't have to queue and when it's done, it's done," said Steve of St Leonard Close, Boston.
If lightning strikes twice Steve could be up for winning this year's £30 service for free - his direct debit mandate means he doesn't have to do anything more to wave goodbye every other week to his garden rubbish and he might be one of the winners again picked by the randomised selector.
You could be a winner too - beat the queues and sign up now for this season's garden waste collections using your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Just enter www.boston.gov.uk/gardenwaste to sign up for kerbside collections of your garden waste from this April.
Your brown garden waste bin will be emptied every other week until the end of November and then again, after a short break from the end of February until the end of March.
If you used the service last year and want to continue you need to sign up again at www.boston.gov.uk/garden waste. However if, like Steve, you signed up by direct debit last year and this payment is still active and you want to use the service again this year, you need do nothing more.
Last year's collections will resume at the end of this month and continue until the end of March.
If you are new to the scheme you will need to purchase your brown bin for a one-off charge of £25.
Don't forget - you can share the £30 garden waste collection cost with a neighbour if you don't think you will fill a brown bin, or have more than one bin if you have a large garden - bins have to be purchased for a one-off cost of £25 but additional bins will be emptied for half price - £15.
Once your payment has been received, you will be sent a pack which will include your 2018 sticker(s). In order to safeguard your brown bin and your access to the collection service it is imperative that you write on the sticker, in permanent ink, your property number/name, street name and postcode.
Please make sure your sticker is visible on your bin by April 1 otherwise it will NOT be emptied.
If you do not have internet access you can pay by phone from today, Wednesday, February 14 - call 01205 311112 to pay using a credit or debit card during normal office hours.
Or you can pay in person from today, Wednesday, February 14. Call in to Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston to pay between 8.45am and 5.15pm Monday to Thursday and 8.45am to 4.45pm Friday.
If you opt out of this scheme, garden waste MUST NOT be placed in the green bin and should be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre (Slippery Gowt Lane), or home composted (compost bins can be purchased at a reduced price by going online at www.getcomposting.com or by calling 0844 5714444).