Monthly bin collections on way, says councillor

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Monthly bin collections on way, says Hawick councillor

The Hawick and Hermitage Tory member believes it will be the next step in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill after the introduction of the new food waste bins.

He said: “The Borders is such a widespread rural area that if the council took out one of the collections that are currently running it would be a fantastic saving financially and to their carbon footprint.”

Fife is currently piloting a scheme which sees its general waste being collected once a month rather than once a fortnight.

Hawick MSP John Lamont said: “If this is proposed in the Borders [in the future] it will be deeply unpopular. It would be a huge inconvenience for families, particularly those with babies, and frankly will be difficult for residents to adhere to. Instead of punishing people for generating rubbish, the council should be looking at ways to make it easier for residents to recycle.”

A Scottish Borders Council spokesperson said: “At the current time, the council has no plans to implement four weekly collections of residual waste. However, in June the council approved its approach to the development of a new waste management plan, which will include a review of the delivery options for its kerbside collections .”