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Waste (Scotland) Regulations One Year On: Are You Still Recycling?

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Waste (Scotland) Regulations One Year On: Are You Still Recycling?

Waste (Scotland) Regulations One Year On: Are You Still Recycling?
December 31
14:30 2014

On the first anniversary of the introduction of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations, Zero Waste Scotland is urging businesses to ensure they remain compliant in separating key materials for recycling.

Today also marks one year to go until another regulation kicks in which will affect a large number of foodservice businesses: From 1st January 2016, recycle food waste will also include any business which produces more than 5kg of food waste per week.

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations came into force on 1st January this year, and require all businesses and organisations to separate key materials for recycling, including food waste for businesses which produce more than 50kg a week.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: ‘One year on from introduction of the waste regulations, I am delighted that Scotland’s waste is being increasingly seen as a resource which can bring economic benefit to communities, as well as reducing our environmental impact.’

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland (pictured right, with Keenan Recycling director, Gregor Keenan),  added: ‘Waste management firms are reporting a boost in business from greater access to food waste that would otherwise end up in landfill.  Earlier this year, an independent survey showed that over 80 percent of businesses were aware of the regulations, and almost 90% of those were confident that they were compliant.

‘We can help businesses deliver their obligations through our free Resource-Efficient Scotland service, and I would urge companies to check if their waste contractor has signed up to the voluntary Resource Sector Commitment.

‘By using a contractor which has signed up to the commitment, businesses will be provided with a high quality recycling service which is compliant with the regulations.’

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