Hawick has taken delivery of twelve new recycling bins.
Eight of the Recycling on the Go bins have been placed in the town, with a further four in Wilton Lodge Park.
The bins, which cost £320 each and have been funded by Zero Waste Scotland, are designed to encourage residents and visitors to recycle more of their rubbish while they’re out and about.
Previously, items such as plastic bottles might have gone in a litter bin and been sent to landfill but the on-street recycling bins will give people the opportunity to ensure their waste will be recycled, capturing valuable resources which can be used again.
To encourage as much recycling as possible, bins have been sited at the top of the Howegate, Sandbed, Common Haugh, Civic Space, outside the Town Hall, outside the former Video Drive-In shop, at the Horse and Mart Street.
The new bins will not only help reduce littering, they will also help the Borders meet recycling targets and new waste regulations by reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. This will save resources as the recycled materials are reused.
Hawick councillor David Paterson, executive member for environmental services, said: “There may be some opposition from some people but this is just a trial. We’re trying to increase the recycling rates and we’re hoping this works.”.”
The new recycling bins are for plastic bottles and their lids, empty drinks cans, paper, card, clean cardboard and food packaging.
But they are not for food waste, glass, liquids and dog waste.
Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “We must stop thinking of used materials, like empty bottles and drinks cans, as waste. There’s real value in the goods we throw away.”
In total, 97 new Recycling on the Go bins have been placed in towns and villages across the Borders.