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If you run a business in Scotland, you are already legally responsible for safely disposing of any waste your business produces, however did you know that from 1st January 2014, the law will require your business to take all reasonable steps to recycle as much of that waste as possible?

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 were passed by the Scottish Parliament on 9th May 2012, and they aim to help Scotland become one of the most resource efficient nations in Europe.

The regulations make the following provisions:

  • Businesses to present metal, plastic, glass, paper and card for separate collection from 1 January 2014
  • Food businesses (except in rural areas) which produce over 50 kg of food waste per week to present that food waste for separate collection from 1 January 2014
  • Food businesses (except in rural areas) which produce over 5 kg of food waste per week to present that food waste for separate collection from 1 January 2016
  • Local authorities to provide a minimum recycling service to householders
  • Waste contractors to provide collection and treatment services which deliver high quality recycling
  • A ban on any metal, plastic, glass, paper, card and food collected separately for recycling from going to incineration or landfill from 1 January 2014
  • All new incinerators must ensure that metals and dense plastics have been removed from residual municipal waste prior to incineration
  • A ban on biodegradable municipal waste going to landfill from 1 January 2021

How Can Spectrum Help?

Although many businesses have shown considerable progress, there are many who are worried they will not be compliant when the regulations come into force in January 2014.

If you are uncertain how to address the new requirements, Spectrum Service Solutions can help you make the transition to these new ways of working.

Our experienced team will carry out a free survey and consultation, advise you on the best way forward to help you meet the regulations in time, and assist you in becoming even more compliant, profitable and sustainable in the future.

For a free survey and consultation, or to find out more about the new Zero Waste Regulations, call 0141 887 5000 or email us at: info@spectrumservicesolutions.com.