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Private sector businesses behind local authorities in meeting future Scottish waste goals

Every business in Scotland will need to separate its waste for recycling from the start of 2014, but a third of Scottish businesses do not yet include drinks cans in their recycling, according to a survey by drinks can recycling campaign Every Can Counts.

With seven months to go until the Scottish waste regulations come in, 32% of Scottish businesses do not yet include drinks cans in their recycling. Meanwhile, 91% of Scotland’s local authorities have dedicated recycling facilities for cans.

Every Can Counts also found 68% of Scottish businesses have zero waste targets in place, in comparison 72% of Scottish councils.

The survey suggested that many private sector businesses are still unaware of the new laws coming into force.

The figures came from an Every Can Counts survey of all 32 local authorities in Scotland and 101 Scottish businesses.

Andrew McFarlan of Every Can Counts, said: “It’s great to see local authorities in Scotland leading the way in the fight against waste, but with only a matter of months to go until the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations arrive, we’re urging more private sector businesses and public sector organisations to take advantage of the free services on offer to ensure they’re fully prepared.”

Every business in Scotland will be required to separate all of their waste for recycling from 1 January 2014 to meet the Scottish Government’s Waste (Scotland) Regulations.

 

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