Signatories from across the sector join new waste industry commitment

The first four signatories to Scotland’s Resource Sector Commitment have been announced.

15 Aug 13

The signatories represent the length and breadth of the waste industry.  Changeworks, an Edinburgh-based social enterprise which offers sustainable waste and recycling services, was first to sign up to the agreement; shortly followed by resource management companies William Tracey Group and Lowmac, and local authority South Ayrshire Council.

The Scottish Government backed initiative, which was launched in April, is designed to set consistent standards for business waste collections and to help deliver the country’s zero waste targets.

In signing up to the commitment organisations agree to:

  • Provide customers with high quality recycling services;
  • Give advice on preventing waste and using resources efficiently;
  • Have user-friendly contracts and charging structures; and
  •  Enable customers to give feedback.

The commitment has been developed by Zero Waste Scotland in collaboration with the resource management industry and small business representatives.  It has the support of key trade bodies including the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM), Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Scotland, Scottish Environmental Services Association (SESA), Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS), and the Resource Association.

For more information about Scotland’s Resource Sector Commitment and how to sign up, visit

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“I’m delighted to see these four organisations leading the way in signing up this commitment, and I hope to see many more follow suit in the near future.

“The new Waste (Scotland) Regulations which come into play next year will drive a change in the way Scotland manages its resources, and this commitment will play an important part in working towards that change.”

Ken McLean, Changeworks, said:

“The Resource Sector Commitment recognises the waste and resource management companies that deliver high quality recycling services, and this award reflects Changeworks Recycling’s leadership in this area.”

Councillor John McDowall, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and Environment, said:

“We’re delighted to be the first Council in Scotland to have our high quality recycling standards recognised by Zero Waste Scotland.

“It’s a superb accolade and it’s particularly pleasing that our efforts to engage with our customers, to maximise their compliance with waste legislation, have also been noted.

“Preparations for the introduction of the new waste regulations in January 2014 are well advanced, allowing us to continue offering our customers efficient, user friendly and affordable commercial waste services that meet their business requirements and comply with the objectives of the Resource Commitment - a superb win-win situation for all parties. “

Robin Stevenson, Managing Director, William Tracey Group said:

“William Tracey Group is at the forefront of delivering Scotland's Zero Waste ambition and we are delighted to be one of the first signatories to the Resource Sector Commitment.

“It is vital that the sector works together to maximise the potential of Scotland's secondary resources. This will not only benefit the environmental but will also play an important role in helping our customers control their costs.”

Robert Hall, Lowmac, said:

“Lowmac Recycling is pleased to be part of the Resource Sector Commitment in helping Zero Waste Scotland provide a network of high quality resource management services, through forward thinking companies, to help all industries achieve a sustainable future.”

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