Selkirk and Hawick host first of garden waste roadshows

A roadshow offering advice on what people can do with their garden waste following the controversial decision by councillors to end green bin collections across the Borders gets underway this weekend.

Scottish Borders Council decided in December to end garden waste collections on March 31 and staff will now tour 16 venues over eight days with the council’s composting partners, Ask Organic.

Councillor David Paterson, who has responsibility for environmental services, commented: “The decision to remove the service was a difficult one and made due to financial pressures. But the council will do all it can to help people put their garden waste to good use.

“With spring underway, the roadshow will prove valuable for anyone seeking information on what to do with their garden waste.

“Along with orders being taken for free home composters, advice on how to reduce, reuse, or recycle garden waste, will also be offered.”

The full roadshow details are :

• Hawick Town Hall - Saturday 22 March, 10am to 12noon

• Selkirk, Victoria Halls - Saturday 22 March, 2pm to 4pm

• Galashiels, Tesco - Saturday 29 March, 10am to 12noon

• Tweedbank Community Centre, Saturday 29 March, 2pm to 4pm

• West Linton, Grahame Institute - Saturday 5 April, 10am to 12noon

• Peebles Community Centre - Saturday 5 April, 2pm to 4pm

• Kelso, Tait Hall - Saturday 12 April, 10am to 12noon

• Jedburgh, Town Hall - Saturday 12 April, 2pm to 4pm

• Eyemouth Community Centre - Saturday 26 April, 10am to 12noon

• Duns, Southfield Community Centre - Saturday 26 April, 2pm to 4pm

• Innerleithen Memorial Hall - Saturday 3 May, 10am to 12noon

• Melrose, Ormiston Institute - Saturday 3 May, 2pm to 4pm

• Coldstream, Rodger Hall - Saturday 10 May, 10am to 12noon

• Newtown St Boswells, SBC Headquarters - Saturday 10 May, 2pm to 4pm

• Lauder Public Hall - Saturday 17 May, 10am to 12noon

• Earlston Parish Church - Saturday 17 May, 2pm to 4pm