PLANS for a new Household Waste Recycling Centre in Langholm are to be developed by Dumfries & Galloway’s communities committee.
The council also hopes to also introduce a garden waste scheme for the region.
Both were put forward by the committee at their latest meeting.
It saw them agree to the recommendations to receive further details at a future committee meeting on proposals for a new HWRC for Langholm.
The nearest facilities are Annan or Lockerbie – both of which are 30 minutes by car from Langholm.
In the report that accompanied the meeting, the committee stated: “The submission of a bid for a new HWRC at Langholm will be reviewed further.
“Potential land belonging to the council has been identified, but its availability for the purposes of a new HWRC cannot at this time be determined.
“Land acquisition will likely take some time to resolve.”
Its revenue implication has been estimated between £70,000 to £80,000 per year, coming from staff time, rates, transport and waste disposal.
The committee also approved the progression of a bid plea for funding from the £70m. Recycling Improvement Fund from the Scottish government for a garden waste collection service at the meeting.
Out of Scotland’s 32 councils, 26 of them currently offer a garden waste collection service – Dumfries & Galloway is not one of them.
Following a recently carried out survey, 46% of respondents said they disposed of waste in their general waste and 92% said they would like to see a garden waste service available.
Many councils in the UK offer the service as an opt-in with an annual charge in the region of £30-plus and this is being looked at.
A business case will now be put together by council officers to be presented to the Scottish government.
If an offer of funding is returned, councillors will look at whether it will enable them to purchase enough disposal collection vehicles and the proposed 240l wheelie bins.