Green bins charges have been given the green light in East Lindsey: The coastal reaction

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It is now a certainty that residents will have to pay to have their green bins collected after a narrow vote in favour of the charges by councillors.

The decision for taxpayers to be charged £25 per year for the collection of their green waste will come into effect from March 2014 after a vote by East Lindsey District Councillors.

After the consultation led by the district council ended in April, councillors voted 27-26 in favour of the charges on Wednesday evening (July 17).

Councillors voted to bring in the charges to help save £2m from the authority’s 2014/15 budget following cuts in Government funding and cost pressures.

But the decision has angered many taxpayers as many have been left with the deliberation of considering their disposal options.

Resident Emily Thompson said: “We already pay council tax, so they have no right to charge extra!”

The new service will be provided 12 months of the year, with a two week break at Christmas.

The service will be available to ‘opt-in’ so that only people using the scheme will be required to pay.

Duncan Rossiter asked: “What do we pay council tax for?

“How does this help with the green agenda, which is supposedly the reason for the already ridiculous alternate weekly general and recycling bin collections?”

Even with the final vote being in favour of the green waste charges, the majority of councillors from the Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea wards sided with residents as only one voted for the charges, with the other four councillors voting against.

ELDC’s portfolio holder for the environment, Coun Steve Newton, said: “Those who do not want to be part of the service are reminded they can compost green waste at home, or take waste to the Lincolnshire County Council-run Household Waste Recycling Centres.”

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