18 May 2012
New Waste (Scotland) Regulations have been passed by Scottish Parliament, which will require all businesses to separate paper and card, plastic, metal and glass for recycling by January 2014. Businesses that produce more than 5kg of food waste per week will also need to separate this for collection.
To support the changes required by the regulations, Zero Waste Scotland will be investing £8m in councils and commercial waste management firms this year, including £5m to support the roll-out of new food waste collections and £750,000 to help increase the availability of collection services to Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs.)
Zero Waste Scotland is also supporting collaborative approaches to recycling collections, designed to make it easier and cheaper for SMEs to recycle by working together. Pilot projects are underway in Bathgate, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, Alloa, and Dumfries and Galloway.
Scotland’s Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead, said:
“I am delighted that the Waste Regulations have been approved by the Scottish Parliament as they represent a major step in delivering our vision of a zero waste Scotland. These Regulations will bring about a profound and long-overdue change in how we view and manage the waste that we produce.”
“Innovative solutions to recycle in cost-effective ways signal a welcome pragmatism from Scottish businesses to meet the requirements of new Waste Regulations. The Scottish Government, along with Zero Waste Scotland, is providing funding to help businesses find better solutions to managing waste.”
Added Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland:
“Many businesses are already adopting ‘zero waste’ measures to give them a competitive edge. By taking simple steps to reduce waste, Scottish businesses could save an estimated £2bn. Reducing waste in the first place saves on disposal costs and is best for the environment.”