Garden waste skips causing problems in Berwickshire

Duns recycling centre. Picture: Kimberley Powell
Duns recycling centre. Picture: Kimberley Powell

Berwickshire residents are getting the chance to tell Scottish Borders Council how they feel about the region’s community recycling centres.

And if last week’s Berwickshire Area Forum is anything to go by, it looks like they will have plenty to say on the subject - particularly when it comes to taking their garden waste to the recycling centres at Duns and Eyemouth.

SBC’s decision to stop kerbside green waste collections in March this year has not gone down well across the region - in Hawick a petition has been launched calling for the service to be reinstated - and some residents who have taken their garden rubbish to the recycling centres have not found the facilities particularly user friendly.

Roy Garden of Chirnside Community Council reported that elderly residents had difficulty in disposing of their garden rubbish at Eyemouth because of the way the skips are configured - with steps up to a gantry and then having to lift the bags of green waste over the side of the skip. Similar issues have arisen in Duns and Duns Community Council have complained in the past about how inaccessible the garden waste skips are for many people.

Burnmouth Community Council also report that the skip arrangements are creating serious problems for the elderly/infirm.

It was agreed at the Berwickshire Area Forum that arrangements at both Duns and Eyemouth community recycling centres need to be looked at.

In the meantime anyone who has something to say about the centres can take part in the council’s online survey which is open until Friday, October 3.

A review of the opening days and hours, plus access policies at the six community recycling centres is currently being undertaken by the council, as well as the possibility of introducing a trace access system.

Jenni Craig, SBC’s service director for neighbourhood services, said: “Waste services in the Borders have undergone huge changes this year, and that includes our community recycling centres.

“This review aims to make recycling centres more accessible to the public and businesses, with possibilities including longer opening hours in the summer and shorter in the winter. I would encourage users to take part in this survey and let us know their thoughts.

“We have already taken the positive steps to introduce a CRC in Kelso in spring 2015, as well as a three year programme of improvements at Eshiels, Galashiels and Hawick.”

Hard copies of the survey are available at contact centres and libraries, and should be handed in by Friday, September 26.