Waste transfer station
Kerbside collections of household and commercial recycling takes place across the Borders.
Once collected it needs sent to a suitable treatment facility. Most of the treatment facilities are outwith the Borders, and so it is not efficient to drive it all the way there in the bin lorry that it was collected in.
The bin lorries therefore deliver their collected material to their nearest waste transfer station. The waste transfer station at Easter Langlee accepts the materials placed in the blue recycling bin from the bin lorries.
Inside the transfer station
This material is transferred into an articulated vehicle, which then transports the recyclate to the treatment facility.
This operation minimises the cost and carbon emissions of transportation.
What about waste that cannot be recycled?
Waste that cannot be recycled is put into the transfer station through the hole-in-the wall in the community recycling centre.
Once in the transfer station, it is kept separate from the recyclate material, and put into an articulated vehicle which is then taken to the landfill site for disposal.