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Copeland recycling suspended after meat and plastic contamination

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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.


Hawick recycling centre revamp planned

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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 - 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.”

– Councillor David Paterson, SBC’s Executive Member for Environmental Services

Council takes action against misuse of recycling service

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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.”

– Dave Banks, portfolio holder for waste, Copeland Council


Selkirk recycling centre to close for refurb

Selkirk Community Recycling Centre is closing temporarily on Monday 1 June for maintenance and improvement works.

The site will re-open as normal the following day.

Scottish Borders Council apologises for any inconvenience and during the closure other community recycling centres remain open.

The nearest alternative sites are:

· Galashiels Community Recycling Centre, Langshaw Road, Galashiels, TD1 2NT

· Hawick Community Recycling Centre, Mansfield Road, Hawick, TD9 8AW

Both centres are open from 9am to 5pm.

New recycling centre opens in Kelso

New recycling centre at Kelso Credit: Scottish Borders Council

A new £860,000 community recycling centre opened in Kelso today (Monday 18 May).

The facility in Pinnaclehill Industrial Estate is the seventh recycling centre to open in the Borders and will be open seven days a week, with a wide variety of materials being accepted for recycling, along with general waste.

Scottish Borders Council says it aims to make recycling simpler for residents in the Kelso area and has been designed to allow waste to be put into recycling skips more easily and to keep the majority of works traffic away from the public.

The decision to build a community recycling centre followed a review by Scottish Borders Council in 2013, resulting in the new facility in Kelso.

An adjacent factory unit has also been adapted to create a new depot for the council’s neighbourhood services department, at a cost of £324,000.

“I am delighted to see Kelso Community Recycling Centre open to the public.

“Community Recycling Centres play an important role in supporting the Council’s kerbside waste and recycling collection services.

“The new recycling centre has also brought a former derelict piece of land back into use and should reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill.

“I hope Kelso’s residents will make use of this new facility.”

– Cllr David Paterson, SBC’s Executive Member for Environmental Services

Opening times for Kelso Community Recycling Centre are: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm.

For a full list of materials which are accepted at Kelso CRC, visit

Fly-tipping causing problems in Dumfries and Galloway

An example of a fly tipping site Credit: PA

Dumfries and Galloway Council is urging people to use its household waste recycling centres rather than driving "miles out into the countryside" to fly-tip their rubbish.

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish onto land that isn’t supposed to be used for that purpose.

It is becoming an increasing problem in the area and the council is appealing for people to use one of its twelve centres located in the region instead.

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