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Reducing waste costs could save Scottish firms £2.36bn

Scottish firms could save over £2bn by implementing low-cost measures to use their resources more efficiently, according to the Scottish division of WRAP, Zero Waste Scotland.

Zero Waste Scotland has found that the Scottish construction industry could save £170m a year by implementing a site waste management plan at the start of the project, so less waste is sent to landfill.

Zero Waste Scotland director Iain Gulland said: “Businesses must overcome the perception that going green adds costs – the opposite is true. Those companies that have addressed their environmental performance with even small changes have measured savings in their bottom line, which could hit as much as one per cent turnover.

“Changing the behaviour of your employees and even senior management is a very tough challenge. People get used to the status quo and don’t like to be out of their comfort zone. Failure to overcome those issues, or an unwillingness to address them,  is undoubtedly a major barrier to greater corporate waste reduction in Scotland.”

The manufacturing sector has the potential to make savings of £454m. Zero Waste Scotland suggests producing a product which is designed to be more resource efficient. It also found that the services sector would make the biggest savings of almost £1.2bn through simple steps such as identifying materials which can be reused and switching off electrical equipment.

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