Household waste is said to account for just over 16% of all waste produced in Scotland and so the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 have been brought in to concentrate on waste produced by businesses.
These new regulations are designed to help clean up Scotland. The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 came into force on 1 January 2014 and provide for the collection, transport and treatment of dry recyclable waste and food waste and affect all businesses and organisations, big or small, or risk a substantial fine.
The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012, which were passed by the Scottish Parliament in May 2012, illustrate the Scottish Government’s commitment to helping Scotland reach its ambitious target of 70% recycling of waste by 2025.
Research has shown the value of resources that we currently throw away and the potential environmental and economic benefits of recycling could benefit Scotland’s economy by as much as £175 million. This includes revenue generated from the sale of high quality recyclable materials which in turn tackles rising landfill costs.
The key points in the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 that came into force on 1 January 2014 are:
- All businesses and organisations must present key recyclable material (metal, plastic, glass, paper and card) for separate collection from 1 January 2014
- Food businesses (except in rural areas) which produce over 50g of food waste per week will need to present that food waste for separate collection from 1 January 2014;
- There is 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
Other parts of the regulations will be phased in over the next 7 years to ensure there is sufficient time for businesses, local authorities and the waste management sector to make the required changes.
SEPAs helpful guidance notes and fact sheets relating to the Regulations can be found here.