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West Lindsey suspends winter garden waste collections

West Lindsey District Council has announced that garden waste collections will be suspended from November until the end of February 2012.

The decision, approved by the Prosperous Communities Committee, has been calculated to save the community £168,000. In addition to the suspension there will also be a restructuring of refuse and recycling collections, starting November 2011.

West Lindsey operational service manager Guy Pilkington explained that there is dramatic reduction in the volume of green waste collected in the winter months, he said: “All councils have to make significant savings and we’ve had to review everything we deliver and make some tough decisions – including suspending garden waste collections.”

Residents are being encouraged to consider composting their garden waste at home using  subsidised composters, or to take their green waste to their local household waste recycling centre.

Prosperous Communities Committee chairman Councillor Malcolm Parish said: “Councils have no choice but to be smarter about how they spend their money.

“By restructuring our rounds we can make this considerable saving without reducing the quality of service to local people.”

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