New waste collection calendar to be issued

HOUSEHOLDERS throughout the Borders will receive their new two year calendar for Alternate Weekly Collections of general waste, recycling and garden waste in the post during the week commencing October 17.

The new calendars run from the first week in November and for the majority, collction days will stay the same as last year.

The collections were launched by Scottish Borders Council last winter and have been hailed as a great success.

Councillor Len Wyse, Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: “AWCs have bedded in very well since being introduced last November.

“We would like to thank everyone for engaging with this process and encourage them to keep their participation in recycling to help Scottish Borders Council to meet Zero Waste targets and avoid landfill tax.

Julie Rankine, Waste Strategy Manager at Scottish Borders Council added: “We would like to thank the public for embracing this new collection service and following the guidance issued.

“The Council reached the recycling target of 40% per cent set for 2010-11 and contamination levels in our recycling materials remain very low, which is excellent news.”

As we move into winter Scottish Borders Council are reminding residents to recycle as much as they can and make best use of the bins by doing the following: Put bins out by 7am on the day of collection; squash as much general waste as you can before you bin it; keep general and recycling waste separate; wash, squash and flatten as much as possible for recycling; bag extra recycling in clear bags and place beside blue-lidded bin; flatten large cardboard boxes and place beside blue-lidded bin.