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SB Connect Winter 2016

New trade waste service at Recycling Centres

Scottish Borders Council has introduced a trade waste permit scheme for its Community Recycling Centres (CRCs).

The trade waste permit allows businesses to dispose of their waste legally at six of the Council’s CRCs across the region. This service is designed to attract smaller, mobile business operators.

Duns, Eshiels, Eyemouth, Galashiels, Hawick and Kelso CRCs all accept trade waste permits, with only Selkirk unable to do so.

Traders can access one CRC site per day between the hours of 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Access from 9am to 1.30pm on Saturdays has also been introduced over the first few months of the scheme.

Businesses can apply for two types of permit:

  • Recycling permit allows traders to take dry mixed recyclate (paper, card, cans and plastics), scrap metal and wood to CRCs.
  • Green, construction and recycling permit allows traders to take a limited amount of green waste, landfill waste, soil and rubble, as well as scrap metal, wood and dry mixed recyclate, to CRCs.

SBC’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, Councillor David Paterson, said: “I am pleased that the Council has taken account of business needs and developed this new cost-effective and legally compliant disposal option, which aims to benefit smaller, mobile businesses across the Borders.”

Businesses have a legal duty to produce, store, transport, and dispose of their business waste without harming the environment. This also means that the Council can provide an enhanced range of trade waste services including kerbside collections and the acceptance of large volumes of waste at Waste Transfer Stations.

For further information on the new permit scheme, please visit