MORE than 70 per cent of fabric positioned within the common Borders family’s common waste bin may have been recycled, council papers have revealed.
A recycling and waste coverage replace was offered to members of Scottish Borders Council’s (SBC) audit and scrutiny committee final Thursday (June 3).
Within the papers put to elected members it states that within the newest waste composition evaluation performed by the council, 74 per cent of the contents may have been recycled.
Of that 74 per cent, 35 per cent was made up of meals waste, whereas 28 per cent may have gone to the group recycling centre and 11 per cent put in blue bins.
The report reads: “The council frequently undertakes waste compositional evaluation of family wheeled bins to assist inform communications plans and future service provision.
“The latest evaluation undertaken in September 2018 confirmed that over 70 per cent of the waste positioned within the common common waste bin may have been recycled by way of pre-existing council companies.”
On the assembly, Hawick and Denholm councillor Neil Richards, of the Conservatives, mentioned the determine “doesn’t come as a shock”.
“I at all times have the imponderable drawback at dwelling, ‘What do I do with tins and many others and many others that have gotten meals residue on them?’ he mentioned. “The 70 per cent, I can perceive that as a result of typically I believe, ‘Oh, ought to I be placing meals waste in with recycling’?”
Mr Richards then requested Ross Sharp-Dent, the council’s waste supervisor who was current on the assembly, how “we get round” the difficulty.
Mr Sharp-Dent, who quoted the SBC motto “wash ‘n’ squash”, mentioned: “Earlier than you place your supplies into your recycling bin you do want the supplies to be clear.
“For those who’ve bought a baked bean tin and it has nonetheless bought residue of baked beans, if it was simply going to be metals and baked bean tins that have been stepping into it wouldn’t be the top of the world – aside from it will begin smelling and wouldn’t be nice from an environmental perspective.
“It’s not going to impression whether or not the metallic could possibly be recycled so long as there isn’t plenty of materials in there.
“The truth is, although, you’re inserting it in with plastics and, extra importantly, paper merchandise and it’s contaminating these supplies and that’s the place we get issues.”
Mr Sharp-Dent added: “You’ll be able to flip a probably recyclable materials into one thing that’s non-recyclable.
“Paper mills have very strict requirements on contamination ranges earlier than they begin recycling issues.”
When it comes to fixing the difficulty, Mr Sharp-Dent mentioned the council has been “attempting to get a message on the market” to make use of its recycling companies.
“We have to do one thing about that [74 per cent],” he mentioned. “There are particular folks on the market that want extra of a push to do the precise factor.”
He added that lowering the dimensions of common waste bins or how frequently they’re collected may “drive folks to make use of recycling bins”.
Tweeddale West councillor Heather Anderson, of the SNP, mentioned extra training in faculties may assist the difficulty.
“No one has extra attain than native authorities,” she mentioned. “Working in our faculties and getting younger folks to grasp the [recycling] system, that’s our greatest option to entry each family.”