£750,000 recycling centre planned for Kelso

Green wheelie bin collections will stop on March 31.
Green wheelie bin collections will stop on March 31.

Plans for a new £750,000 community recycling centre in Kelso are included in a new set of waste management measures agreed by Scottish Borders Council.

The council has agreed to scrap green wheelie bin collections from March 31 and approved the introduction of a new food waste collection service in 2015, to comply with Scottish Government regulations.

The strategy aims to manage future budget pressures, and is expected to save £800,000 by 2017/18.

Councillor David Paterson, executive member for environmental services, said: “A community recycling centre for Kelso is a step closer after the decision to approve the strategy.

“While the council realises removing the kerbside garden waste collection service will prove unpopular with some, the decision was made after a detailed review which showed it was the only option we could take forward.”

A communications campaign to ensure members of the public are aware of the changes, and what they should do with their garden waste from 1 April 2014, will be launched in the new year.