MORE than half the people with a green wheelie bin in the district have paid to keep having their garden waste collected.
South Kesteven District Council introduced a £25 fee for green bin collections on April 2 to offset the cost of the collection. Up until then the cost had been covered by the council.
In the eight weeks since the charge was approved, more than 14,500 households have signed up to the scheme.
District council portfolio holder for healthy environment 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.”
Green waste collections will stop for any households which have not paid the charge by June 11.
Those who have paid the charge will receive a sticker to put on their bin to indicate it has been paid.
Households which have more than one bin have to pay £10 for each additional bin.
People without a green bin can pay £35 to receive a new bin and for the first year’s collection. The usual charge for a new green bin is £26.
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.”
District council chiefs decided to introduce the charge because it said if 80 per cent of the 27,000 households on the scheme joined, the £500,000 a year cost of running the service would be covered.
A quarter of local authorities in the country already charge for the collection of garden waste.
The issue of green waste charging was first raised in November 2007 and as a result of public consultation events held in 2010 and significant reductions to the council’s central government grant, the district council decided to introduce an annual fee for the collection of green waste.
To find out more visit www.southkesteven.gov.uk/greenbin