Four bins for businesses to become compulsory

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Hawick is amongst the town’s whose businesses will have to comply with a new waste policy that demands four separate wheelie bins.

New legislation introduced by the Scottish Parliament last year in its aim for a Zero Waste Plan, will requires businesses to present key waste types for collection seperately - namely food, glass, recycling and general refuse.

And in the Borders it means that by 2015, Hawick, Jedburgh, Selkirk, Galashiels, Tweedbank and Peebles will all be taking part.

But a spokesperson for SBC said: “Unfortunately, it is not as simple as saying all businesses will have to present four bins as it is dependent on where you are located and what waste you produce. The impacts are very much specific to the individual business. If your business is located in a rural area, you are exempt from all the food waste requirements of the regulations. In the Borders, this means any business outwith Hawick, Jedburgh, Selkirk, Galashiels, Tweedbank and Peebles.”

But local councillor and enivornment services portfolio holder Davie Paterson has warned that traders in the town cannot escape the new rules. “This is something that the council has no choice in, it is compulsory and we have to do it”, he stated. “The wheelie bins are slightly smaller, but I do appreciate it is maybe going to cause problems for some people.”

Indeed, Think Fitness gym owner Stuart Oliver commented: “I don’t know where we’d keep four bins or how we’re supposed to set-up a recycling station in the gym. It once again seems another example of life being made more difficult for business owners.”

Councillor Paterson concluded: “I don’t know if it’s a good thing or not, but everyone should be recycling and it will be monitered. I would urge local businesses to get behind it, as we all have to do our bit to save the planet.”

The Council is currently developing a webpage to assist businesses, but further information is available at