Scottish Council Waste Target “On Track” But Businesses Long Way Off

Scottish-flag_2109121bA survey conducted by recycling advice organisation Every Can Counts has found that 72 percent of Scottish local authorities have set zero waste targets.

With 91 percent providing dedicated recycling facilities for cans. However, when businesses were given the same survey, it was found that only 32 percent have recycling targets in place.

Under the new Waste (Scotland) regulations, which will come into full effect in January 2014, all businesses will be required to separate all of their waste for recycling.

Andrew McFarlan – “…with only a matter of months to go until the new regulations, we’re urging more businesses to take advantage of the free services on offer to ensure they’re fully prepared”

The research has highlighted the fact that, with only seven months to go, there is still a sizeable challenge ahead if businesses are to achieve their legal requirements.

The Every Can Counts programme, now in its eighth month of operation, is funded by drinks can recyclers and manufacturers, and receives additional funding from Zero Waste Scotland and A.G. Barr, the producers of Irn Bru. Over 145 organisations around Scotland have already been given free materials to help them increase their recycling levels.

Andrew McFarlan, programme manager Scotland at Every Can Counts, said: “We’re really pleased with the positive level of interest and support for the Every Can Counts programme in Scotland so far, but with only a matter of months to go until the new regulations, we’re urging more businesses to take advantage of the free services on offer to ensure they’re fully prepared.

“We all know that recycling makes sense – it cuts down waste, saves energy and natural resources. By recycling more, businesses and local authorities can significantly reduce their impact on the environment, and Scotland can make a major step towards achieving its Zero Waste ambitions.”

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