Eyemouth would be swapping its garden waste collection for a food waste collection - if only Berwick had been in Scotland!
When the Scottish Government drew up its latest Waste (Scotland) Regulations it stipulated which areas would be first to get food waste collections. The list included all towns with a population of over 3000 that were less than ten miles away from a larger conurbation of more than 10,000 people.
In the Scottish Borders that meant that Galashiels, Hawick, Peebles, Jedburgh, Selkirk and Eyemouth were all the right size to be included in the scheme - until someone realised that the town of 10,000+ within ten miles of Eyemouth, was in England not Scotland.
Erring on the side of diplomacy Eyemouth was removed from the plans as it was unlikely to be a popular move for Scotland to start sending its rubbish over the border.
So food waste collection will be restricted to 24,000 households in the central Borders when it is introduced in April 2015.
As well as the changes to kerbside waste collections Scottish Borders Council is also looking at adding a new community recycling centre in Kelso, similar to those already operating in Duns and Eyemouth. Changes to the opening hours for the region’s recycling centres are also being looked at so that “operation times will meet the needs of the site user”. This could include extending operating hours beyond the weekday 9am-5pm opening hours during the summer months.
At last week’s Berwickshire Area Forum Julie Rankine, SBC’s waste strategy manager, explained that the changes being made were to meet EU Directives and Scottish Government regulations, plus they go some way to make the required department savings of £800,000 by 2017-18.