New Waste (Scotland) Regulations

New Waste Regulations – What They Mean for Your Business

New waste regulations came into force from 1st January 2014.  They are a requirement of The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012.

But what do they mean for your business?

Click on the quick facts below to find out more.

Click here to find out how your business can best minimize waste to comply with the legislation and start moving towards zero waste and resource efficiency.

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All organisations must separate all dry waste from 1st January 2014
For ‘organisation’ read – any body which is not a household. Any fraction of your waste which can be recycled – Paper – Cardboard – Plastics – Glass – Metals must be separated and collected for recycling. The responsibility is on you to make sure this happens. You can obtain guidance and advice on this from your waste contractor or local authority if you use them to deal with your waste. Some may allow it to be co-mingled in one bin, others will require it to be separated into individual bins.  
 
All food businesses or organisations in non-rural areas must separate their food waste from 1st January 2014 if they produce more than or equal to 50kg food waste per week (around one wheeled bin full)
For ‘food business or organisation’ read – “An undertaking, whether for profit or not, an whether public or private, carrying out an activity relating to the processing, distribution and preparation of food” Businesses or organisations who prepare and sell only drinks are excluded. Those included are: – Staff canteens – Hotels – Restaurants – Cafes – Shopping centre food courts – Canteens – Public houses that serve food – Shops that serve food – Supermarkets – Schools and colleges with canteens – Prisons – Nursing homes – Hospitals Use the postcode finder to find out if you are in a  non-rural area. The responsibility to do this is on you. Your waste contractor or local authority, if you use them to collect your waste will be able to give you guidance and advice on this. This duty will apply to smaller amounts of food waste, greater than 5kg or equal to from end 2015
 
Disposal of food waste to sewer will be banned from January 2016.
 Devices such as macerators and enzymatic digesters should not be used from this time. Systems to dewater food and store the residual solid for collection will be OK as long as the solid to sewer is zero or minimal.
 
All organisations should make reasonable steps to apply the waste hierarchy by the end of 2013.
 This is not only environmental good practice, avoiding waste where possible and the carbon emissions which go with it but can also significantly reduce your costs. The landfill tax escalator is presently £72/tonne, increasing to £80/tonne by 2014 and not falling below this between 2014 and 2020. Waste Hierarchy
   
 

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