Waste cutbacks to save council £168k

GARDEN waste collections in West Lindsey will be suspended from November until the end of February, councillors have decided.

This decision was approved by the Prosperous Communities Committee last Wednesday, who say the plan will help the council to save a total of £168,000.

Waste Services Manager, Glyn Pilkington explained that during the winter months there is a dramatic reduction in the amount of garden waste collected.

“All councils have to make significant savings and we’ve had to review everything we deliver and make some tough decisions – including suspending garden waste collections,” he said.

“We apologise for the inconvenience, and we are here to answer any questions residents may have.”

Prior to the decision, the council consulted with members of West Lindsey’s Citizens’ Panel, where more than 850 responded to a recent survey.

Residents are now being encouraged to consider composting their garden waste or taking it to their local household waste recycling centre.

Restructuring of refuse and recycling collections may also mean a change of collection day for some residents.

Chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee, Councillor Malcolm Parish, said: “Councils have no choice but to be smarter about how they spend money.

“By restructuring our rounds we can make this considerable saving without reducing the quality of service to local people.“