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Scotland Review Recycling Management Regulations

In September 2013, a nationwide campaign raised awareness of changes in waste regulations, affecting all Scotland’s businesses and organisations.

How Have Recycling Management Regulations Changed?

Under the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations, Scottish businesses and organisations of all sizes will have to recycle their plastic, metal, glass, paper and card, or risk a fine. Effective from January 1st 2014, organisations big or small will have to recycle all their waste where possible, and food businesses all their food waste.

From January 2014, food businesses in Scotland which produce over 50kg of food waste per week must separate it for collection. This requirement for a separate food waste collection will extend to all food businesses that produce over 5kg of waste per week, coming into effect from January 2016. Business in rural areas will be exempt from the change in regulations for food recycling management.

Passed by Scottish Parliament in May 2012, the amended Waste (Scotland) Regulations represent one of the most significant changes in recycling management Scotland has seen. Designed to help realise the true value of the waste that is thrown away, the changes should help businesses throughout Scotland work towards a more sustainable future.

Estimates from Zero Waste Scotland show that Scotland is currently paying £95 million in landfill taxes. Recyclables such as paper, glass, metal, plastic, card and food, valued at £97 million, are being thrown away and sent straight to landfill. The changes in recycling management regulations are therefore a welcome change, aiming to reduce waste sent to landfill and improve resource efficiency. There is also the potential to boost Scotland’s economy and create ‘green’ jobs, helping Scotland to reach its ambitious target of 70% recycling 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.”

Improve Your Waste Management With Recycling Services

If you are a business owner in Scotland, you can receive free support through the Resource Efficient Scotland programme. This advice programme will give expert guidance on how to use energy, water and materials more efficiently. If you would like to find out how you can improve your recycling management, talk to our team at Recycling Services. We can help implement an efficient waste management plan to help prevent and minimise waste production. Using the waste hierarchy, we can help you to achieve your Zero Waste targets and recycle more.

For more information about how we can help with your recycling management targets, call one of our experts on 01952 204471 or email

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