Blue bin waste might need to 
be separated out

Paper, cardboard, metal and plastics currently go into blue bins, but that might not continue in future.

Paper, cardboard, metal and plastics currently go into blue bins, but that might not continue in future.

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The waste that goes in your blue bin could be about to change if Scottish Borders Council signs up to the household waste charter.

To meet the code of practice that goes alongside the charter, the council would have to provide separate containers – one for paper and card and another for metals and plastics.

At the moment, all these go into blue bins and are collected fortnightly.

The council would also have to either increase the number of bottle banks it provides or offer a kerbside glass collection service, as well as reducing the volume of general waste that currently goes into household grey bins.

Councillors are being asked this week to consider signing up to the charter, and if the changes needed to comply with the code of practice are not affordable, it can apply to the Scottish Government for financial support.

If such an application were turned down, it would not be forced to change its waste collection arrangements immediately, even if it signed up to the charter.

Over the last six months, 10 councils haved obtained committee approval to sign up to the charter, and a further eight are considering it.

Scottish Borders councillors were told this week: “The Scottish Government’s policy position is clear, and it is suggested that if local authorities do not commit to the charter this will be followed by some sort of legislation or system that delivers the same thing.”

So far, the council is only compliant with the charter as far as its relatively new food collection is concerned, a collection service that only currently applies to the larger towns in the central Borders.