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Scottish Borders councillors look at garden waste plan

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Image caption Critics say more garden waste is ending up in general landfill

The Petitions Committee of Scottish Borders Council is due to look at a call to restart garden waste collections.

A petition on the issue, organised by former Hawick councillor Andrew Farquhar, has attracted 7,700 signatures.

The green waste collections ended in April. Critics have claimed that more waste is going to landfill as a result.

The committee is meeting at Newton St Boswells.

When he presented the petition to the council, Mr Farquhar said: "The council's carbon footprint has been expanded at a stroke.

"For instance in Kelso it now takes 240 car journeys to convey the garden waste previously collected by just three refuse vehicles.

"And, of course, there is now ample evidence that fly tipping has increased dramatically since the collections were stopped."

The council decided to the end the garden waste collections in December 2013.

Councillors had been told continuing the scheme and introducing food waste collections would cost about £600,000 each year.

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