Garden rubbish collections are set to be dumped early next year as the council complies with new laws and seeks to make budget cuts.
From the end of March, Scottish Borders Council (SBC) proposes to no longer collect green bin waste and is asking Selkirk householders to compost their garden waste or drop it off at the local recycling plant.
Environmental services portfolio holder David Paterson said his department is trying to make savings of more than £800,000.
The Hawick councillor said: “It is not compulsory for the council to collect garden rubbish but new legislation on waste food collections starting in January has placed us in this position. This will enable us to make savings of £450,000 a year. It has been a really difficult decision.”
Local councillor Vicky Davidson said: “It’s being imposed on us by Scottish Government. Environmentally it has never made sense for lorries to trundle round the Borders picking up green waste and cuttings and putting them in a hole in the ground in Langlee.”
Councillor Michelle Ballantyne said: “I shouldn’t be surprised that a paper given to us (Conservatives) as confidential onTuesday is all over the press on Wednesday. This sums up the arrogance of an administration who brings an item for debate after their leader has already informed his constituents of the outcome. Democracy used to mean you had the debate first and I am sure the people of Selkirk would and should expect no less.”
A report recommending the move goes to councillors next Thursday (December 12).