New trade waste scheme on way at recycling centres

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Scottish Borders Council is bringing in a trade waste permit scheme at six of its community recycling centres.

A trade waste permit will allow businesses to dispose of their waste legally across the region.

Traders will see the new scheme being introduced on a phased basis over seven weeks, starting on Monday, September 26.

Eshiels, Galashiels, Hawick, Duns, Eyemouth and Kelso recycling centres will all accept trade waste, with only Selkirk’s new facility being unable to do so in the region.

Traders will be able to access one recycling centre site per day between the hours of 9am and 4.30pm on weekdays.

They can also use recycling centres from 9am to 1.30pm on Saturdays on a trial basis over the initial months of the new service.

Businesses can apply for two types of permit – for recycling only or green, construction and recycling.

The council’s executive member for environmental services, Hawick and Hermitage councillor David Paterson, said: “I am pleased that the council has thought about the needs of local businesses and developed this new cost-effective and legally compliant option which aims to benefit smaller, mobile companies across the Borders.

“Businesses have a legal duty to produce, store, transport, and dispose of their business waste without harming the environment.

“Opening recycling centres to companies will also improve the range of trade waste services currently provided by the council.

“It should be noted that while our staff engage with businesses as this new policy is being introduced, site users may find that sites are busier than usual and encounter queues to gain access.”

Visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/tradepermits or call 0300 100 1800 for details.