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Bags help separate out dry recyclables under Scottish rules

William Tracey Group, based in Scotland, has introduced a Zero Waste Bag service for its commercial skip hire customers.

The bags will enable customers to separate out dry mixed recyclable materials from the skip’s general waste, as required under the Waste (Scotland) Regulations introduced in January.

The bags are attached to the skip’s lifting lugs for filling, and are removed and placed on top of the skip for collection.

 The new regulations require the separation of recyclable materials, including paper, plastic, cardboard and metals, from commercial waste before collection. But according to Tracey’s, the operational nature of construction sites and cost pressures mean that a multi-bin system is rarely used and, instead, a single container is generally employed for the collection of all waste.

Robin Stevenson, managing director for non-hazardous waste at William Tracey, said: “The Zero Waste Bag is the first of its type in the Scottish market. It provides an easy, practical and low-cost way to ensure legal compliance and improve recycling performance.

“The obligation for construction waste to comply with the regulations is often overlooked, and we should remember that failing to meet [the] obligation can result in a fine of up to £10,000.”

The Zero Waste Bags carry a nominal charge, are reusable, and will be recycled when they are no longer fit for purpose. Drivers will carry spare bags in their cabs should customers require additional capacity.

William Tracey won the Best Resource Management Company (Large) at the 2014 National Recycling Awards. 

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