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It's not a 'rubbish' service thanks to you

Boston's waste collection service costs are the lowest in the county while its recycling rate continues to climb.

Since 2011/12 recycling rates in the borough have gone up from 31.95 per cent to 38.4 per cent in the financial year 2012/13, 42.63 per cent in 2013/14 and 44.4 per cent so far from January 2014 to December 2014. It hit a new high last July when, for that one month, more than 55 per cent of all waste collected was recycled or composted.

Some recycled waste continues to be contaminated, excluding it from the recycling collection, because items which cannot be used again have been incorrectly placed in the blue wheelie bins.

Boston borough's contamination rate is around 7.5 per cent, which still compares favourably with other Lincolnshire districts, but this could be improved if material which should go into the green bin or, if you have one, the brown garden waste bin, is not put in the blue bin.

Cllr Mike Brookes, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for waste services, said: "I want to thank all residents for helping us to keep our recycling rates heading in the right direction. It would be great to get the contamination rates down, which would drive our recycling rate even higher."

The council began kerbside collections of garden waste in 2012 and in 2014 a total of 5,100 tonnes of garden waste was collected. The collections are made at no extra charge after a one-off purchase of a brown wheelie bin at £25 per bin. So far 13,000 properties present 14,600 bins - a massive success when early indications were that 7,500 bins would be enough.

The council introduced efficiencies in waste collection with a new fleet of vehicles, a move to a new council-owned depot and a shared service where borders overlap with East Lindsey District Council.

Introduction of the garden waste collection service led to a drop of around 3,000 tonnes per year of rubbish previously put into the green bins and sent to landfill. Landfill disposal has now been replaced with the more efficient and environmentally friendly Energy from Waste plant near Lincoln. Waste which cannot be recycled or composted is now converted into electricity.

The garden waste collection has seen a massive volume diverted from landfill and now from the energy from waste plant ensuring that perfectly compostable garden waste goes for reuse rather than more expensive and less appropriate incineration.

The 2013 survey of residents by the borough council showed that satisfaction with refuse and recycling collections rose from 79 per cent to 87 per cent and the approval rating for the garden waste service rose from 65 per cent to 86 per cent - both were the highest for any council service or function.

‚óŹ See below for a guide to what can be put in your green and blue bins

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