Waste Regulations campaign to help businesses

A nationwide campaign begins today to raise awareness of a change which will affect all Scotland’s businesses and organisations. 

3 Sep 13

A growing number of Scottish organisations are gearing up for the requirement to recycle under the Waste (Scotland) Regulations which comes into force on 1 January 2014. From this date, all organisations big or small, will have to recycle their plastic, metal, glass, paper and card or risk a fine, while most food businesses will also have to recycle food waste.

A food business which produces over 50kg of food waste per week must present it for separate collection from 1 January 2014. The requirement to present food waste for separate collection will extend to all food businesses that produce over 5kg of food waste per week with effect from 1 January 2016. Operators in rural areas are exempt from these food waste requirements of the Regulations. A postcode search tool at www.resourceefficientscotland.com/regulations is available to determine whether a business is defined as being in a rural area in the context of these regulations. 

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations were passed by the Scottish Parliament in May 2012. The Regulations represent the most significant development in recycling for Scotland and are designed to help realise the true value of resources currently thrown away. New estimates from Zero Waste Scotland indicate that Scotland is currently paying £95 million in landfill taxes to throw away key recyclates (paper, glass, metal, plastic, card and food) valued at £97 million. The regulations also offer a potential to boost Scotland’s economy and create green jobs, and will play a key role in helping Scotland reach its ambitious target of 70% recycling of all waste by 2025. 

Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“It’s great to see that businesses are already working to become ready for introduction of the regulations. The regulations are designed to enable organisations to further reduce waste, enable the recycling of quality materials, and be more resource efficient – all offering the potential for cost savings and wider economic opportunities. We have a range of support available to help over the coming months and would ask those needing help to get in touch.”

All organisations can get free support through the Resource Efficient Scotland programme. This Scottish Government funded programme is being delivered by Zero Waste Scotland and brings expertise on using energy, water and materials more efficiently into a single advice service for the first time. Businesses throughout Scotland can access support via a free online and telephone advice and information service staffed by resource efficiency experts on www.resourceefficientscotland.com and Freephone 0808 808 2268.

Working in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland to raise awareness of the new duties, SEPA’s national waste manager, Adrian Bond, said:

“The new regulations are a key part of Scotland’s ambitious journey to zero waste and, as the principal regulator for waste and the requirement to recycle, SEPA will have a key role in ensuring businesses become compliant in time for January 2014. 

“Over the last year, the progress made by businesses to engage in recycling has been encouraging and we are confident that the support available from ourselves, Resource Efficient Scotland and local authorities will help drive home the importance of preparing for the coming changes.”

The information campaign - The law on waste is changing for business – runs throughout September and October.

Organisations and businesses requiring information about the regulations can find out more by visiting www.resourceefficientscotland.com/regulations, emailing enquiries@resourceefficientscotland.com, or calling the helpline on 0808 808 2268

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