New waste regulations for Scotland
Businesses join forces to recycle more for less
Iconic retailers in Edinburgh, restaurants in Glasgow, and industrial parks in Alloa are amongst leading businesses across Scotland who are coming together to increase recycling and save on costs.
The projects are being spotlighted by the Scottish Government after a landmark step towards creating a zero waste society in Scotland was taken yesterday, when new Waste (Scotland) Regulations were passed by the Scottish Parliament.
The new Waste (Scotland) Regulations will require all businesses to separate paper and card, plastic, metal, and glass for recycling by Jan 2014. Businesses that produce more than 5kg of food waste per week will also need to separate this for collection.
Essential Edinburgh aims to work with local businesses and waste management company Shanks to let a single contract for waste and recycling services. If successful, businesses could save up to 70% on waste management fees per year. Working together will also reduce the vehicle emissions and waste containers and bags seen on the street.