Many Borders residents may be unhappy about the loss of the council’s garden waste collection service at the end of the month, but for others its an oppportunity to be seized.
Increasingly frustrated at being unable to find work, when Coldstream’s Kevin Wiles read that Scottish Borders Council would be stopping the fortnightly garden waste collection to save £400,000 a year, he got to work on a potential business plan, has contacted business advisers at the council and hopes to have his garden waste collection business up and running in April.
Kevin has already made contact with his potential customers in Coldstream and has had flyers printed which he hand delivered to every house in the town.
“The response has been all positive so far,” said Kevin, who has settled for charging £3.50 per green bin or £1.50 for bin liners to be collected. “I hope to get the business up and running in April.
To make things as easy as possible for customers Kevin plans on operating a fortnightly service in Coldstream, picking up on a Monday and Tuesday, keeping to Scottish Borders Council’s timetable.
Coldstream and District Community Council chairman Martin Brims said: “Since the announcement that the kerbside collection of garden waste was to be removed at the end of March, the community council has been very concerned in relation to the impact this change would have on residents, particularly for those without ready access to transport to take their waste to Duns and who are unable to home compost.
“Together with our local councillors we have been looking at a number of options - from community composting to private enterprise - and on balance the best option appeared to be for someone to view this issue as a business opportunity.
“I am delighted that an enterprising individual has done just that, and is willing to take it forward. I wish Kevin every success in making this a viable small business.”