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Call for views on Borders waste services

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Borderers have just over a month to give their views on the region’s current waste services.

The first phase of the consultation by Scottish Borders Council was launched last month and so far hundreds of members of the public have taken up the opportunity to tell the council how they presently use waste and recycling services and how they feel about potential changes.

The consultation is part of a council review which is being driven by a number of factors, including the need to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.

Last year over 30,000 tonnes of waste were sent to landfill in the Borders, the equivalent of over 3,000 refuse collection vehicles. It meant the council had to spend £2.5million on landfill tax last year.

All feedback in the first phase of the consultation will be used to develop the council’s new waste management plan, with a final consultation phase expected to take place at a later date.

To take part in the survey, visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/wastesurvey or pick up a paper copy from any council library, contact centre or community recycling centre. The deadline is Sunday 15 May.

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Plans for £80m waste fuel plant at Kingmoor Park go on public display

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Plans for a new £80m plant to turn waste into energy are going on public display today.

Two companies are behind the development that would be built on vacant land in the Kingmoor Park area of Carlisle and burn household rubbish to create electricity.

A public drop-in for people to find out more about the scheme is being held this evening.

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