New bins have been introduced at the region’s seven community recycling centres in a bid to help Borderers recycle more cooking oil waste.
The new service, backed by Scottish Water, aims to reduce the amount of oil and grease put down household drains or into landfill.
That waste oil can instead be cleaned, filtered and processed into biofuel, for use as vehicle fuel or for generating power and energy.
Any waste household cooking oil, stored in a sealed, non-glass container, can now be disposed of in new yellow bins at recycling centres in Galashiels, Hawick, Peebles, Selkirk, Kelso, Duns and Eyemouth.
Selkirkshire councillor Gordon Edgar, the council’s executive member for roads and infrastructure, said: “This is a simple but worthwhile new service which gives the public an opportunity to get rid of household cooking oils in a more environmentally-friendly manner.
“Members of the public can play their part and recycle another material when visiting our recycling centres, helping to reduce pollution as well as costs to the council, and allows a material to be reused.
“It will also prevent oils getting into the water system, which can cause blockages and even pollution into rivers, burns, streams and beaches.”
Scott Fraser, regional corporate affairs manager at Scottish Water, added: “We are delighted to support this campaign which will encourage people across the Borders to recycle their leftover cooking oils.
“Fats, oil and grease in liquid form may not appear to be harmful but as it cools it congeals and hardens. This can then cause blockages to drains and sewer pipes, which can lead to sewer flooding in gardens and properties. In extreme cases, blocked sewers can spill into burns, rivers, coastal waters and beaches, causing environmental damage.
“Every year we respond to around 35,000 blocked sewers, most of which could be avoided if we all remember to avoid pouring fats oils and grease down the sink and only flush the 3P’s – pee, poo and toilet paper.”
For more information on SBC’s Community Recycling Centres, visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/recyclingcentres.