MSP throws spotlight on garden waste petition

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With many local residents rightly annoyed that the garden waste collections have been stopped, Scottish Borders Council needs to take Andrew Farquhar’s petition seriously.

The 7,500-strong petition to reinstate the service was presented at council headquarters this week, and undelines the strength of feeling in the Borders, particularly with regards to a rise in landfill tax costs and fly-tipping.

I criticised the cancellation of green waste collections and called for a rethink, and the petition comes after I conducted a survey which resulted in hundreds of constituents getting in contact with me to voice their anger at the withdrawal of the service.

The SNP have been setting grand targets for household recycling, but if these targets are to have any chance of being met, we need to encourage all forms of recycling. Instead, the SNP-led council has taken the decision to withdraw a useful and popular service.

I have been overwhelmed by the response to my survey on the scrapping of the council garden waste service. A huge number of residents have written back to me, with every single one being against the choice from the council to
get rid of this important service.

What has particularly angered many Borderers was how the decision was taken after a very limited consultation.

Thousands of Borderers are furious that this valuable service has been taken away. The local authority simply cannot ignore this petition.

John Lamont MSP