The council has been awarded a funding package worth almost £250,000 to assist with the introduction of its new food waste collection service.
The six-figure sum follows a successful application to Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) and will play a key role in implementing the new service, which is being rolled out throughout 2015 in five Borders towns, as required by the Scottish Government.
The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 requires SBC to introduce food waste collections to around 24,000 homes – in Galashiels, including Tweedbank, Hawick, Jedburgh, Peebles and Selkirk only.
The separate collection of food waste will divert it away from landfill and contribute to the Borders’ recycling rate.
SBC’s executive member for environmental services, Councillor David Paterson, said: “I am delighted that the council has secured this funding from Zero Waste Scotland, which will help to cover some of the costs of introducing the mandatory food waste collections.
“The council and ZWS have been working closely together and we look forward to continuing to do so during this project.”
Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to award a substantial funding package, worth almost £250,000, to help Scottish Borders Council to introduce food waste collections for residents.
“Over 1.3 million households across Scotland now have a food waste collection thanks to Zero Waste Scotland’s support.
“This will avoid thousands of tonnes of food waste going to landfill unnecessarily, and it is great news that residents in the Borders will be benefiting from this service too.”