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Selkirk's community recycling centre will close for 4 months to allow work on the town's multi-million pound flood protection scheme.
The closure begins on Monday 8 February for a minimum of sixteen weeks.
It will allow a diversion route to be used during flood defence work to be extended through the facility.
The nearest alternative recycling centres are at Hawick and Galashiels.
A Cumbrian council has suspended cardboard recycling, after meat was dumped in containers and they were targeted by arson attacks.
ITV Border reporter Kate Walby spoke to Janice Carrol:
Cardboard collection at Copeland's recycling sites has been suspended after recycling banks were contaminated with meat and plastic.
Copeland Borough Council says it has been forced to halt collection until it can find ways to stop people abusing the service.
Cardboard collection at Copeland’s recycling sites has been suspended after recycling banks were contaminated with meat and plastic.Read the full story ›
A £346,000 revamp of Hawick Community Recycling Centre is set to get underway this autumn.
The Scottish Borders Council-funded overhaul will redesign the Mansfield Road facility with the aim of improving traffic management and increasing the site’s capacity.
The new design will create a one-way traffic flow through the site and keep the public away from the workings of the site, reducing the need for the community recycling centre to be closed while skips are being emptied.
Work is due to run until the end of March 2016, but the council say disruptions will be kept to a minimum, with most improvements carried out while the site remains open.
Any closures that are required will be advertised beforehand on SBC’s website -www.scotborders.gov.uk - and its Twitter and Facebook pages.
“I am delighted work to improve Hawick Community Recycling Centre is set to begin.
“The council considered comments from members of the public when finalising the improvements and we believe the works will result in a much improved recycling centre for the people of Hawick.”
Following continued misuse Copeland Council has suspended garden waste collections for seven householders who repeatedly put household rubbish in their brown bins.
Green waste bins from the seven homes in Cleator Moor, contained large amounts of non-garden waste, which resulted in an entire lorry load having to be sent away for disposal, rather than made into compost meaning around 600 other conscientious gardeners had their recycling efforts go – literally - to waste.
The council says it wasn't the first time the householders had done this – after previous contamination incidents officers provided stickers for their bins explaining what can and can’t be collected. However, the dumping continued so the council will now not collect these garden bins for six months.
“Garden waste recycling only works if everyone does it. It only takes a couple of selfish people to put non-garden waste in there and the whole load is rejected by the composting plant.
“We will not accept this as it means hundreds of other people who were doing the right thing have seen their waste fail to be recycled.
“Occasionally we’ll get some accidental contamination, for example plant pots or seed packets – this is still problematic but we do understand and we’re happy to explain to people what should go in the bin.
“These householders have shown repeated contempt for the service, and filled their bins with large amounts of household waste.”
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