Almost 1,000 people from the Heathhall area of Dumfries, have signed a petition against the proposed development of two new plants.
Armstrong Waste Management and NWF Agriculture haven't submitted plans as yet - but they are considering a new waste handling facility, and an animal food store.
Lori Carnochan reports.
Christmas is round the corner, and most people have their presents planned but what about the recycling rota?
Most of us throw away more waste at this time of year than any other so councils across Cumbria are urging us to plan - especially when it comes to food.
Katie Hunter reports:
Carlisle City Council are encouraging everyone to remember to recycle this Christmas.
This time of year sees more waste produced than any other time of the year, with food waste playing a major part.
The council say we could save up to £50 buy storing and preserving food properly instead of throwing it out.
- If you're not using food straight away put it in the freezer
- Make sure you only make as much food as you actually need - but if you make double put some in the freezer for a quick fix dinner later
- Use your left overs - turn them into tasty treats the next day
- Plan your meals for the week, make a list of the ingredients you'll need and stick to it
- Double check your cupboards so you don't but anything twice.
- Check best before dates and eat things before they go out of date
- Keep your fridge at the correct temperature
Shoppers at a Carlisle supermarket are being given advice on how to save money on their food bills.
People at the Sainsbury's store in Caldewgate have been told how they can save as much as £50 a month on food.
It's part of Carlisle City Council's scheme to encourage more people to have a 'green' Christmas.
Carlisle City Council is holding an event later today to give tips on how to have a 'green' Christmas this year.
The council are encouraging people to reuse and recycle this Christmas, to reduce the amount of waste created during the festive period.
Scottish Borders Council have revealed plans to stop collections of garden waste.
The local authority hope to save £450,000 a year by stopping their garden waste service.
They have also revealed proposals to provide food waste bins to a number of Border towns, and there are plans to open a recycling centre in Kelso.
The plans go before councillors next week.
People using disposable cups from coffee shops or fast food outlets is a very common site these days, but not many people know what happens to them when we are finished our drinks.
The answer is that they end up in landfill sites.
However, a paper making firm near Kendal has come up with a way of recycling these cups and turning them into high quality goods.
Tim Backshall reports:
A Cumbrian paper factory, visited by the Queen last month, says it has come up with the world's first coffee cup recycling scheme.
James Croppers, at Burneside near Kendal, will turn them into high quality paper.
Firefighters are tackling a large fire at a recycling centre in Carlisle this lunchtime. It broke out shortly before 11 o'clock at North West Recycling on the Kingmoor Park industrial estate.
Fire crews from Carlisle, Brampton and Gretna were called to the scene and are using four main jets. Approximately one hundred square meters of mixed recycling is said to be well alight.
A protest at Cumbria County Council is due to take place today over controversial plans to close recycling centres.
A 6,000 signature petition will be presented to council members in an attempt to make them change their plans.