Former councillor launches garden waste petition

A former Hawick councillor has started a petition to try to force a council U-turn on garden waste collections.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 21st August 2014, 9:21 am

Andrew Farquhar says this is one of the most contentious issues ever and it’s “one that isn’t going to go away”.

And speaking this week, Mr Farquhar said: “The decision to withdraw the kerbside garden waste service was wrong. The irresponsible alternative is for garden waste to be placed in the black bins and consigned to landfill at a cost of £80 per ton which is apparently acceptable to the council in spite of them having spent nearly £3million on landfill tax last year.”

The collections were stopped earlier this year in a bid to save £450,000 and SBC’s environmental portfolio holder Davie Paterson said: “I have no idea what Andrew Farquhar is trying to do here. Yes, he can take it to the petitions committee but it stands no chance whatsoever of succeeding.”

Borderers can sign the petition at Scott’s Selkirk, High Street, the Co-op, Melrose, Taylor’s Newsagent, Jedburgh, Border Blooms, Kelso, Hawick News office, Hawick and Porter’s Porches Showroom, Galashiels.