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Shared waste collections will save £300,000

A scheme to share some waste-collecting services close to the borders of two authorities will save Boston Borough Council £100,000 a year.

On Wednesday (July 10) Boston Borough Council's Cabinet approved the shared-service arrangement with East Lindsey District Council.

Cllr Michael Brookes, portfolio holder for waste services, said efficiencies could be made by Boston Borough Council collecting waste in the southern part of East Lindsey's area and taking it to the waste transfer station near Boston.

Currently a vehicle has to come out from Louth, travel almost to Boston to collect waste and then take it all the way back to Louth to dispose of it.

Under a new arrangement in excess of £300,000 a year could be saved, the bulk of it by East Lindsey District Council but Boston Borough Council would benefit to the tune of £100,000. Remodelling of joint refuse rounds would also contribute to the borough council's ambition of reducing its carbon footprint by 20 per cent by 2014.

Cllr Brookes said the project was in line with other waste service initiatives being investigated by East Lindsey District Council. But he emphasised that while East Lindsey was looking at charging for garden waste collection Boston Borough Council "most definitely is not".

Brown wheelie bins for garden waste can be purchased from the council for £25 a bin and then the collection service is free. Cllr Brookes said more than 13,000 brown wheelie bins were now in use in the borough.

Cllr Brookes said the changes would not impact on borough council waste services. Any changes to collection days which might be necessary would be publicised in advance.

Cllr Derek Richmond said it made sense not to double up when one vehicle could do the job, Cllr Mike Gilbert said it would be negligent not to introduce the shared-working arrangement and Cllr Stephen Woodliffe urged that it be done as quickly as possible.