Examine cost/benefit of recycling garden waste

Before we lost the green bin collections I always wondered how the collected product was being processed. Surely it would be possible to find a site upon which the material could have been dumped and sorted for composting or shredding, thereby producing usable product for selling on as compost or bio-fuel? Was this considered, or implemented, at any time?

Why the contribution is important

Apart from the obvious benefit to householders in having green waste collected again - and to the council in not having to pay any levy for green material going into landfill - there should be a viable business case if income can be generated from the recycling process. It's once thing trying to save costs, but income generating ones are harder to come by - and this is one.

by Bramble on December 05, 2015 at 05:44PM

Current Rating

Average score : 3.5
Based on : 6 votes


  • Posted by Taxpayer December 07, 2015 at 14:50

    This is an excellent idea and I'm sure there are councils which use green waste as biofuel and other councils which produce and sell 'growmore' compost from green waste. Didn't SBC at one time?
  • Posted by Borderer December 07, 2015 at 18:32

    This was carried out by a private company due to the cost of machinery to enable compost to be made on an industrial scale. Given the regulations on pollution control, space required, the fact that this is not available to all communities, yet was paid for by all makes it a non starter.
  • Posted by abell December 17, 2015 at 02:28

    When I asked for costings for this service, I was told the waste was collected by a commercial company and the costs were confidential. Nobody could tell me where the figures were published.
    As per this suggestion, I too recommended the waste was a resource and should not be costing ratepayers anything - at best the collection and use of the green waste should be break-even and many councils make money.

    Borderer - there already is a composting operation in Hawick - did would the Council consider this?
  • Posted by Loggie December 17, 2015 at 20:20

    If you don't live in a large settlement, there was no benefit of the green bin as you did not get this service.
  • Posted by Scottishborderer January 25, 2016 at 16:04

    Given the reduction in waste collection % the levy by EC will significantly increease, cost of collection is almost certainly cheaper hence saving SBC money.
Log in or register to add comments and rate ideas