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Recycling centre set to re-open

Selkirk Recycling Centre Photo: ITV Border

Selkirk Recycling Centre will re-open next Monday after a six-month closure for flood protection work.

The Riverside facility was closed in February to allow for a diversion route for the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme.

At the same time, the centre was revamped to get as much waste as possible into the skips and reduce the need for short-term closures of the site while skips are being emptied.

Scottish Borders Council say all the previous facilities within the recycling centre have been retained.

“I am delighted Selkirk Recycling Centre has re-opened after a lengthy closure period.

“We realise the closure has caused an inconvenience to people of Selkirk but it was vital to ensure homes and businesses in the Riverside area of the town were not adversely impacted.

“Recycling centres play an important role in supporting the Council’s kerbside waste and recycling collection services. For example, Selkirk Recycling Centre helped to divert 832 tonnes of waste from landfill in 2015. This ensured the Council saved over £65,000 in landfill tax.

“I would encourage local people to come along and use the facility, even if you have not previously.

“The council has staff who will be happy to assist you. In addition, an information leaflet is available at the site and on SBC’s website to give you further advice.”

– Cllr David Paterson, Scottish Borders Council