I do hope Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker will revisit the green bin collection issue.
Walk along the path adjacent to my own street, and which forms part of the Southern Upland Way, and you will see evidence of recent fly-tipping with piles of hedge cuttings and other garden waste accumulating in the woodland next to the path. The broken-window syndrome has also seen other types of rubbish – including bits of fencing, decking offcuts and the like – being dumped nearby.
While pausing to reflect on who might wish to spoil such a lovely spot on their own doorstep, I was incensed to witness a nearby resident merrily wheeling a barrow full of concrete rubble into the woodland, passing the “No Dumping” sign en route, and tipping the lot onto the banks of the River Tweed.
Rather than provoke a confrontation, I thought that politely offering to assist him in transporting the waste to the recycling centre at Langlee (open seven days and a mere 10-minute drive away) might prompt a change of behaviour. The offer, however, was cheerfully and equally politely declined without a hint of shame or embarrassment, with the explanation that the task was almost complete anyway.
I wonder if the cost of clear-up operations after such thoughtless fly-tipping was factored in when savings made by stopping garden waste collections was calculated.
In the meantime, it might be useful to remind the (hopefully) small minority of readers who may have forgotten that fly-tipping is illegal and punishable by heavy fines, or even imprisonment. Despite this, there are still those who see it as an acceptable method of waste disposal, despite jeopardising the environment and the obvious risks it poses to humans and animals.
Anyone witnessing fly- tipping on public land can report it to Neighbourhood Services or call 0300 100 1800, and, if it’s on private land, to Dumb Dumpers online or on 08452 304090.