reducing the amount of rubbish that goes to landfill sites is high on the Scottish Government agenda and they are currently consulting on implementation of their zero waste plan.
As far as Scottish Borders Council is concerned sorting general household rubbish, garden waste, paper, card, plastic and cans, plus a private sector glass collection, is manageable but in their reply to the Scottish Government they say that a separate food waste collection would be a step too far for them.
Responding to the Scottish Government’s consultation paper, SBC say: “The cost of providing separate food waste collections is of particular concern to the council due to its large geographical area and low population density .
“It is estimated that a food waste collection would cost in excess of £350 per tonne.”
Instead the council would look at collection food and garden waste in one collection which they regard as the most cost effective and efficient way of dealing with biowaste.