Composting workshops answer to loss of green bins

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Community councils across the Borders are being asked to encourage residents to attend free composting workshops to reduce the garden waste going to landfill.

It is all part of Scottish Borders Council’s efforts to offset the impact of the loss of garden waste collections across the region.

Writing to community councils Ross Dent, SBC waste manager said: “Following the removal of kerbside garden waste collection service from urban areas in 2014 a motion was agreed by council to support garden recycling needs of smaller communities.”

That support comes in the form of three composting workshops at Woodside, Jedburgh this month - Saturday, July 11 (Reduce), Thursday, July 16 (Reuse) and Saturday, July 18 (Recycle).

Ask Organic representatives will be at Borders Union Show, Duns and Peebles shows and SBC say that they could also attend other community events to try and persuade people to embrace composting garden waste rather than putting it in their general waste bins after the demise of the kerbside garden waste bin collections.

“It may be that there are other groups or organisations that could provide composting support or kerbside garden waste collection services,” added Mr Dent.