Green waste collections '˜could cost £60'

East Lindsey residents are being asked for their views on proposed changes to the green waste collection service operated by ELDC - with one proposal involving a potential charge of around £60 per year.

Brown and green recycling bins being collected in Werrington, Peterborough.

Since 2014, the district council has provided the fortnightly service all year around on a subscription basis, with those who use the service making an annual contribution of £25 in return for 25 collections per year.

Currently, the service has around 32,000 subscribers generating £800,000 per year, but the service costs ELDC around £1,246,000 to provide, - meaning it is subsidised 
by £446,000 per year.

As the district council needs to reduce its operating costs by around £6,000,000 over the next four years, the green waste service has been earmarked for review 
since December.

Residents who take part in the consultation are given four proposals for consideration.

The first proposal involves retaining the current service and finding savings from elsewhere in ELDC’s budget.

The second proposal involves increasing the cost to an estimated £60 annual fee, and retaining 25 collections per year.

The third proposal would mean paying £40 per year (fixed until April 2021) for just 21 collections per year, with reduced collections between mid-November and March.

The fourth proposal involves paying £35 a year for 21 collections, although the charge may be subject to an increase after 2017/18.

• The consultation can be found at www.e-lindsey. or picked up from one of ELDC’s customer service centres.

The consultation will remain open until August 29, at 5pm.