Launch Sort It

Kerbside Recycling - let's get it sorted

Campaign Launch

The Waste Aware Scottish Borders Campaign began on 31st of March 2005 in the Roxburgh area. Residents were informed of the new scheme in advance through the mailing of an introductory flyer direct to their door, press adverts and posters. The new scheme also included changes to the method of collection of general waste.

Current Scheme Information

The Waste Aware Scottish Borders Campaign aims to promote the following schemes:

This scheme began 18th April 2005 in the Roxburgh area. Currently, 44,500 households in the Scottish Borders have been provided with a year's supply of lilac bags for recycling their cardboard and paper, and a year's supply of clear bags for recycling their cans and plastic bottles, as detailed below:

Lilac Bags
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Clean cardboard packaging (e.g. cereal boxes, egg boxes, kitchen
  • roll tubes)
  • Catalogues & brochures
  • Envelopes
  • Leaflets
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Office paper
  • Telephone directories & Yellow Pages
  • Unwanted mail

Clear Bags

  • Aluminium & steel food cans (e.g. beans cans and soup cans)
  • Aluminium & steel drinks cans (e.g. fizzy drink cans and beer cans)
  • Plastic bottles with the PET symbol (e.g. lemonade bottles and water bottles)
  • Plastic bottles with the HDPE symbol (e.g. plastic milk bottles)

This scheme began 18th April 2005 in the Roxburgh area. Approximately 31,400 households in the Scottish Borders have been provided with a green-lidded bin for recycling their garden waste, as detailed below:
  • Flowers & plants
  • Garden weeds
  • Grass clippings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Leaves
  • Prunings
  • Small branches

Households in designated rural areas have been provided with home composters to allow the recycling of garden waste and some kitchen waste at home as detailed below. This has been provided to around 13,000 households as an alternative service to the garden waste bin available to urban areas. Households on the Garden waste collection route who would prefer to use a home composter can exchange their green-lidded bin for a composter.
  • Cardboard (crumpled/torn up)
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Leaves
  • Small amounts of newspaper (crumpled/torn up)
  • Egg shells
  • Bedding from vegetarian (non meat eating) pets

Part of the campaign involves the delivery of leaflets, which provide further details of the schemes. The kerbside recycling and home composing leaflets aim to answer questions like 'WHO should recycle?', ‘WHAT can I recycle?’, 'WHY should I recycle?' and 'WHEN can I recycle?'

To view a leaflet, please use the drop down menu on the right.

If you need another leaflet or information on the collection dates for your bins and bags, or if you want to know more about the recycling schemes, please contact the Scottish Borders Council's recycling helpline on 01835 825128 or visit

Recent Campaign Phase

In March, the garden waste kerbside collection scheme began again. The scheme was also introduced to residents of Berwickshire for the first time. Radio and press adverts were used to promote this
Recycling Helpline
Recycling Helpline
Tel: 01835 825128
Campaign Leaflet
To view a leaflet please select one from the list below. Please note: collection dates have been omitted.

Top of Page
Text only version
Frequently Asked Questions
SWAG Vacancies
Site Map
Contact Us