Online tool to help you sort your recycling

A new online platform has been created to help people across the Borders recycle more of their waste.

Thursday, 23rd September 2021, 3:50 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd September 2021, 3:50 pm
The recycling sorter can be found at

The new Recycling Sorter website, launched by Zero Waste Scotland, is the first digital recycling tool designed to combat confusion and help Scotland meet future recycling targets.

The tool allows for residents to search what items can be recycled, and in which bin, in any Scottish local authority.

The Recycling Sorter was launched to mark Recycle Week (September 20-26), which aims to raise awareness about and promote the benefits of recycling.

The creation of the new Recycling Sorter will help simplify and bring clarity to recycling, ensuring that all households across the Borders are recycling more of the right things in the right places and preventing recyclable items from ending up in landfill.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, executive member for infrastructure, travel and transport, said: “When it’s done right, recycling is one of the easiest everyday actions we can take to reduce our carbon footprint.

“Finding clear and simple solutions to help educate our residents around what can and can’t be recycled, plays an extremely important part in reducing the levels of waste that reach landfill and the new Recycling Sorter website can make a real difference.”

In 2019 Scottish Borders Council achieved a total recycling rate of 49%, representing an increase of over 10% from the previous year and the largest increase of any local authority in Scotland.