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Deadline for Borders waste consultation

Scottish Borders Council has compiled an online survey to assess residents’ attitudes to their collection service.

The consultation is part of a review being driven by a number of factors, including the need to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

In 2015, the council sent more than 30,000 tonnes of waste to landfill, costing £2.5m in tax.

The first phase of the consultation was launched in April and the deadline for completing the online element is 15 May.

Officers say feedback will be used to develop a new waste management plan, with a final consultation later. The previous strategy was published in 2013.

When the exercise was launched, David Paterson, executive member for environmental services, said 64% of items thrown in the general waste bin could have been recycled.

“If these items were recycled, it would not only help to create a better environment by reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, but also assist the council to meet the Scottish Government’s recycling targets and save money.

”It is important to note that no decisions have been made yet, with all views submitted as part of the first consultation phase being considered.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • "The consultation is part of a review being driven by a number of factors, including the need to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

    In 2015, the council sent more than 30,000 tonnes of waste to landfill, costing £2.5m in tax
    " implies not going to landfill will "save" the £2.5million and therefore council tax bills will fall.........reality is it is going to cost just as much if not more to avoid landfill. Lets have an intelligent debate.

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