We’re now nearly a month into the new year which means we’re nearly a month into the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations.
For some reason the new regulations haven’t seemed to gain much in the way of press, not even during the countdown to January 1st. It’s all been a bit of a secret.
Although all our clients were informed of the changes to legislation well in advance, due to the lack of media coverage there may be many businesses who’ve slipped through the net.
For those who are unfamiliar with Zero Waste Scotland, it is an organisation which helps individuals, businesses, and communities to reduce waste, recycle more and use resources sustainably.
The thought of having to separate waste just for recycling may seem like a hardship and a waste of time for some people, but they’d be wrong.
On the whole, many of us are already recycling domestically, separating our plastic from aluminium, and our glass from food, it’s an initiative many local authorities have been running for some time now.
All we need to do is translate this mindset to our working environment, and if we don’t there are penalties that’ve been put in place.
A failure to comply with these regulations will lead to the very real possibility of a fine.
But this needn’t be a situation where those responsible toe the line just to avoid being fined, this is something business leaders should want to do.
Yes, in the short-term there could be added costs and slight inconveniences as we all get to grips with the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations, but long-term there are actually benefits to be had from them. With help from Zero Waste Scotland not only could you gain a competitive advantage, but you could also benefit financially, a point we’ve touched on in a previous blog post.
So why aren’t we hearing about the new regulations in the media?
We believe more needs to be done to inform and educate businesses in Scotland on ways in which they can not only help our environment, but increase profits while doing it.