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Longer opening hours for Scottish Borders recycling centres

Recycling centres in the Scottish Borders will be open longer Credit: PA

Changes to the opening hours of community recycling centres in the Scottish Borders will be introduced from 1 April 2019.

The aim is to make sure the service meets the needs of the public better and is more sustainable for Scottish Borders Council.

In a 2016 waste survey 46% of respondents said they would use a community recycling centre if it was open later; between 5pm to 7pm.

Community recycling centre statistics show that usage is 45% higher in the summer than the winter, with centres used 11% more at weekends than weekdays.

The new opening hours will see a number of posts created, with overtime significantly reduced.

The changes will include:

  • All community recycling centres will remain open at weekends, and will be open later to meet demand.
  • April to September weekday hours will be 10am to 6.45pm.
  • October to March weekday hours will be 10am to 4.45pm.
  • Selkirk and Eyemouth will close two weekdays per week (Monday to Friday) and all other sites will close one weekday per week (Monday to Friday).
  • When a local facility is closed, the nearest alternative facility will be open.
  • All sites will shut from 1.15pm to 2pm each day in order for staff to have a lunch break.

These changes are based on extensive data gathered by the Council including the important opinions of Borderers, alongside the need for the local authority to make savings at an extremely difficult time for public funding.

These facilities are free to access for the public, and using them can help the environment and public funding, with the Council spending hundreds of thousands of pounds every year on waste which currently goes to landfill which could be recycled at our community recycling centres."

– Councillor Gordon Edgar

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