Half of households with green bins in South Kesteven have paid £25 for collections

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MORE than half the people who had their garden waste collected in South Kesteven last year have paid £25 to keep their collections.

South Kesteven District Council introduced the charge from April 2 to offset the costs of emptying green bins across the Stamford, Bourne, Deepings and Grantham areas.

More than 14,500 households have signed up so far in the eight weeks since the charge was announced.

Portfolio holder for healthy environment, Coun John Smith (Con) said: “We are very pleased that so many of our residents have taken up the service. We have even sent out an additional 500-plus bins to residents who wanted additional bins or who were not already in the scheme.

“Green waste collection is something we know residents value and by introducing a small yearly fee we can continue to run the service at the current levels.”

From June 11 this year collections will stop for green bin owners who do not have a sticker on their bin to show they have paid. It costs an extra £10 to have an additional bin emptied.

Coun Smith said: “It is important to remember that this is an optional service for our residents so if people decide they don’t want to pay they can choose not to use the service.

“For those that decide not to continue we would encourage them to compost their waste or take it to their local recycling centre.”

To find out more or to sign up visit {http:\\www.southkesteven.gov.uk/greenbin|www.southkesteven.gov.uk/greenbin}

Rutland County Council has not introduced a charge for its garden waste collections.