Loading...

New recycling rules come into effect for Scottish businesses

Published: 1 Jan 2014



New rules on recycling waste have come into force for Scottish businesses. 
 
The Waste (Scotland) Regulations require waste to be separated into paper, card, plastic, metals and glass for collection. 
 
All food businesses producing more than 50kg of food waste each week must present it for separate collection, unless they are in a rural area. 
 
Those failing to comply with the new laws from 1 January risk a maximum fine of £10,000. 
 
The Scottish government, with its agency Zero Waste Scotland, recommends businesses should audit waste to see where most of it comes from, and contact their waste contractors about how best to arrange separate collections. 
 
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said the waste regulations represented "a significant step toward delivering our vision of a zero waste Scotland". 
 
"Our waste can be a valuable resource - but only when it is properly managed," he said. 
 
"These important regulations will help change the way we regard our waste. 
 
"We all have responsibilities when it comes to waste, not least the Scottish business community. Without their support, Scotland will not meet its zero waste ambitions." 
 
Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: "There's real value in our waste. It's estimated that businesses across Scotland could save up to £192m by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and recycling as much waste as possible." 
 
WWF Scotland, the environment pressure group, welcomed the introduction of the new regulations. 
 
Its director, Lang Banks, said: "Scotland currently pays tens of millions of pounds annually in landfill taxes to throw away millions of pounds worth of valuable materials that could and should be being recycled or composted. 
 
"Implemented well, these new rules will help cut waste, save money and resources, as well as create jobs. 
 
"Creating a zero waste society starts by creating less waste in the first place and by making better use of the resources we already have." 
 
Courtesy of the BBC News: http://bbc.in/1eXCn5o

Recent Posts

We're in Horecava
We're in Horecava

7 Jan 2019

Fresh Pod are now in Horecava and are excited to meet the Dutch! Cleans air of ethylene for fresh p...


Plan for food waste to be separated
Plan for food waste to be separated

7 Jan 2019

All households in England may be given a separate caddy for food waste, under plans to be announced


Free food waste collection for every household in England
Free food waste collection for every household in England

7 Jan 2019

Weekly collections of food waste will be made from every household in England as part of a major go...


Food Waste Chief to target 'scandal' of 250m binned UK meals
Food Waste Chief to target 'scandal' of 250m binned UK meals

7 Jan 2019

Pilot will redistribute surplus food, with aim of stopping waste going to landfill by 2030