Residents can still have a say on green waste charges

East Lindsey residents may have to pay to have their green wheelie bins collected in the future.
East Lindsey residents may have to pay to have their green wheelie bins collected in the future.

Residents still have time to have their say on a controversial move which could see East Lindsey residents having to pay to have their green wheelie bins collected in the future.

East Lindsey District Council is continuing to encourage the community to respond to its consultation on the future of green waste collections.

Already over 300 people have had their say since the consultation started on April 2.

ELDC say the proposals are borne out of a £2m hole they need to plug in time for the 2014/15 financial year.

Options included in the consultation include paying £15 for 12 collections between May and September or £22.50 for the full collection season.

This year the council says it has lost a further 13 per cent in government funding for local services.

In February, the council’s portfolio holder for finance, councillor John Upsall, warned that tough decisions would need to be taken and that all opportunities to identify the savings would need to be explored.

Since 2009 the council has already saved around £7m including a ‘radical review’ of its operating structure.

Waste collection is the most expensive service the council provides - costing around £55 per household per year and £800,000 overall.

The consultation closes on April 30 and can be seen by visiting www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/consultation.

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