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News round-up 28/10

Scottish Resource Sector Commitment scheme; Sepa reports recycling increase; Pumpkin waste; RB on zero waste to landfill

Two firms join Scottish Resource Sector Commitment scheme

Barr Environmental and Glasgow Computer Recycling  have joined 18 other organisations already signed up to Scotland’s Resource Sector Commitment, which requires signatories to demonstrate consistent standards for business waste collections and excellent customer service, including promoting the benefits of resource efficiency to customers.  

Zero Waste Scotland announced the two newest scheme members at the annual Scottish Resources Conference, delivered in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management.

Iain Gulland, director at Zero Waste Scotland, said: “By signing up to the commitment, organisations can publicly demonstrate their support for Scotland’s zero waste ambitions, as well as instilling customer confidence in their services.  As awareness for this industry standard grows, it could be a key credential your customers look for.”

Pictured left to right are Grant Morgan (Glasgow Computer Recycling), Iain Gulland (Zero Waste Scotland) and Gordon Whitehead (Barr Environmental).

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SEPA reports recycling increase

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) recycled 72% of its waste last year, a sustainability report has indicated.

This was above Sepa’s 65% target for recycling and reuse in 2013-14. However, the report also shows that the agency’s total emissions of carbon dioxide rose by 2.75% .

James Curran, chief executive at Sepa said: “As Scotland’s environmental regulator, acting sustainably is at the heart of our business. We take our responsibilities to maintain our environmental performance and set a good example to members of the public and businesses throughout the country very seriously.”

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Charity calls for end to pumpkin waste

A charity is calling for UK consumes to use the insides of scooped-out Halloween pumpkins for soups, pies and tarts rather than throwing them away.

Hubbub, the charity behind the Pumpkin Rescue campaign, says that 18,000 tonnes of “perfectly edible squash” is thrown in the bin after households carve out their pumpkins, according to a report in the Independent.

Trewin Restorick, Hubbub’s founder, said: “Halloween is increasingly popular in the UK, but we seem to have ignored a crucial part of the US tradition: cooking with pumpkins rather than throwing them in the bin. With household food under pressure it’s time we rescued the pumpkin.”


RB celebrates zero manufacturing waste to landfill

Global health and hygiene company RB has achieved sending zero manufacturing waste to landfill in Europe and North America.

Victoria Wood, RB’s global head of sustainability said: “Since launching our ‘better business strategy’ in 2012, we’ve seen a rapid transition towards zero waste. We’ve gone from 4 to 31 factories achieving zero manufacturing waste to landfill status. This is over 60% of our factories globally. I’m proud of what our teams have achieved in such a short time and how they are hitting our targets early.”

Some of the measures RB has taken to achieve increases sustainability include creating a network of “waste champions”, waste audits and a ‘Race to Zero’ series of events that encourage competition across sites.

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