Plans for a waste transfer station to serve the Scottish Borders Council area have been thrown out by councillors, who rejected a call from their officers to back the scheme.
The £5.2m proposal follows the cancellation in 2015 of a £23m gasification and pyrolysis scheme.
The council’s senior planner recommended approval subject to plans being drawn up for a number of aspects, including construction and site traffic, drainage, and animal and bird species protection.
He also reported that the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency had withdrawn objections concerning odour and traffic noise.
But BBC Scotland has reported that councillors voted 5-2 against the bid on road safety grounds.
The council now has to decide whether to lodge an appeal against the refusal decision, table amended plans or find an alternative site.