Plans to ban garden waste in black bins

NKDC is considering banning garden waste from black household rubbish bins. EMN-140909-120820001
NKDC is considering banning garden waste from black household rubbish bins. EMN-140909-120820001

Householders could soon be banned from dumping their unwanted garden waste in their black household rubbish bins.

North Kesteven District Council’s executive board meets on Tuesday to decide whether to introduce a ban on garden waste in the black wheelie bins in a bid to stop those not paying for a brown garden waste bin taking up capacity elsewhere.

A report by Mark Taylor, head of environment and public protection, explains since introducing the £25 yearly charge for garden waste collection in April 2013 the council has only ‘discouraged’ garden waste in black bins, but there are powers which could enforce it. The council could refuse to empty bins with inappropriate material in them and repeat offenders could be fined.

In the last two financial years, the district’s household ‘residual’ waste collection increased from 20,056 tonnes to 21,626 tonnes while garden waste collected dropped from 12,835 tonnes to 10,519 tonnes.

Mr Taylor states: “It would appear that, as anticipated, much of the garden waste produced by people who did not join the garden waste scheme is now appearing in residual waste bins.”

Even before the introduction of waste charging there was about 950 tonnes of garden waste in the residual bins. With the 1,570 extra following charging, there may be up to 2,500 tonnes of garden waste in black bins.

Residual waste is now being incinerated at the Energy From Waste plant near Lincoln and there are concerns extra garden waste may affect its efficiency as well as reducing capacity for population growth while increasing costs.

Mr Taylor says as a result of a ban, which could come in from April 1 next year, more may sign up to the collection scheme or use the Household Waste Recycling Centres provided by Lincolnshire County Council. There may also be a financial reward to the council for minimising garden waste in the wrong bins.

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