Green waste petition to SBC

A 7,500 signature petition to reinstate garden waste collections in the Borders has been presented to Scottish Borders Council.

The council’s decision to stop the collections from March this year in order to save costs has proved very unpopular and former Hawick Councillor Andrew Farquhar collected 7,500 signatures on a petition expressing concerns about a rise in landfill tax costs and fly-tipping.

Local MSP John Lamont has also criticised the cancellation of green waste collections and called for a rethink.

Mr Lamont said: “The SNP have been setting grand targets for household recycling, but if these targets are to have any chance of being met, we need to encourage all forms of recycling. Instead, the SNP led council has taken the decision to withdraw a useful and popular service.

“I have been overwhelmed by the response to my survey on the scrapping of the council garden waste service. A huge number of residents have written back to me, with every single one being against the choice from the council to get rid of this important service.

“What has particularly angered many Borderers was how the decision was taken after a very limited consultation.

“The council needs to take this petition very seriously.”

Berwickshire community councils have often discussed the loss of the green waste collection service following numerous complaints from residents about their unsatisfactory experiences of visiting the recycling centres at Duns and Eyemouth to dispose of garden waste.