Glasgow restaurants have signed a deal with the council to help it reach recycling targets when the new Scottish waste regulations come into effect next year.
From January 1 2014, all restaurants in Glasgow will have to present their waste separately for collection and recycle as much as possible under the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations.
In an attempt to meet the new targets, as of next month the Glasgow Restaurant Association, which represents more than 80 establishments, will dedicate a team to collect food, glass, dry recycling materials and other waste from a number of eateries around the city.
Ryan James – “It is a massive change to the way restaurants have previously dealt with waste and will cut our carbon emissions hugely”
Achieving 70 percent recycling by 2025 could benefit Scotland’s economy by £175m, according to research, easing the burden of rising landfill costs and allowing cash to be generated by selling recyclable materials.
Household recycling accounts for just over 16 percent of all waste produced in Scotland, so attention has been turned to other waste producers in order to help reach the target.
Alistair Watson, the council’s land and environmental services spokesman, said: “This alliance is very important for the council and Glasgow Restaurant Association.
“It demonstrates the council’s ability to provide large-scale waste and recycling solutions to businesses.
“It also clearly shows the association’s commitment to disposing of its waste in a responsible and environmentally friendly way.”
Ryan James, chairman of the association, said: “It is a massive change to the way restaurants have previously dealt with waste and will cut our carbon emissions hugely.”