Changes To Scottish Waste Regulations Come Into Effect

02-01-14(1)pic2New regulations that change the way businesses in Scotland separate and recycle their waste came into effect yesterday (1 Jan 2014).

The new regulations are set to significantly bolster the Scottish Government’s ambitious target of 70 percent recycling and just five percent of waste going to landfill by 2025.

From yesterday all businesses in Scotland are required to separate plastic, glass, metal, paper and card for recycling. Most food businesses are now also required to separate food waste.

SEPA and local authorities will enforce the regulations. Those who fail to adhere to the new regs risk a fine of up to £10,000.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead – “These important regulations will help bring about a profound and frankly long-overdue change in how we regard and manage the waste that we all produce”

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “The Waste (Scotland) Regulations represent a major step in delivering our vision of a zero waste Scotland.

“When properly managed waste is a valuable resource, delivering both financial and environmental benefits for all of us. These important regulations will help bring about a profound and frankly long-overdue change in how we regard and manage the waste that we all produce.

“The Scottish business community has a vital role to play if Scotland is to meet its zero waste ambitions and it is pleasing to note that so many have already taken steps to ensure that they will be legally compliant from January 2014.

“It’s important that we all play our part to reduce waste and recycle more and I would encourage all businesses across Scotland to make themselves aware of their obligations under these regulations”.

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