Final round of garden waste collections

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Kerbside collections of garden waste come to an end on Monday, Scottish Borders Council having decided to drop the service it introduced in 2010.

Many households will have already had their last collection of garden waste as Scottish Borders Council aims to save over £400,000 by withdrawing a service they don’t have a statutory duty to provide.

“We recognise that this service was valued and well-used but Scottish Borders Council is required to save £28.7 million from its budget over the next five years,” said an SBC spokesperson.

“This difficult decision was made following a detailed review which also took into consideration that garden waste collections are non-mandatory and are provided in urban areas only. As a result, we believe the removal of garden waste collections is the best option for the council to manage future budget pressures while ensuring the on-going delivery of key mandatory services.”

Garden waste collections were restricted to larger towns and villages only, smaller villages and settlements being given the option of home composters instead. Now all Borders residents are being given the option of a free home composter to deal with their garden waste; or alternatively they can take it to one of six recycling centres, including Duns and Eyemouth.

A series of 16 workshops over eight Saturdays have been organised by the council and the Ask Organic gardening club based near Jedburgh to answer questions on home composting and orders for free home composters will be taken. The roadshow team will be at Kelso’s Tait Hall on Saturday, April 12, from 10am to 12 noon; Eyemouth Community Centre on Saturday, April 26, from 10am to 12 noon,then at Duns, Southfield Centre, from 2-4pm the same day; and Coldstream’s Rodger Hall on Saturday, May 10, from 10am to 12 noon.

Residents can keep their green bins if they want to, and for those who will no longer use them the council is making arrangements to take them away but this won’t be until well into the summer.

Another solution for residents in Coldstream, and probably Greenlaw, is to have their garden waste picked up from the kerbside green bins, on a fortnightly basis - the service being offered by a local business, £3.50 per bin and £1.50 per bag.