The Business Waste Framework sets out to save businesses in Scotland over £7.5 million a year through waste minimisation and diversion of waste from landfill. The focus of waste management work to date has been on municipal or household waste, but with 80% of Scotlands 19 million tonnes of waste produced each year estimated to come from businesses, it has decided tackling this waste stream is paramount.
SEPA waste and resources manager John Ferguson said: The publication of this plan marks a major milestone in the development of Scotland's waste strategy. In particular it will provide the focus that is necessary to continue to reduce waste and improve the value we can get from waste resources as well as continuing the move away from our current dependence on landfilling waste.
Outlined in the framework is the need to develop robust data collection systems on business waste to help develop waste policy, and the need to improve recycling facilities for SMEs and the wider business community. Clearer regulation and an improved planning system as well as development and support for markets for recycled materials will be key areas for work on delivering more sustainable waste management practices in the sector over the coming year.
SEPA has also published a guide to help local communities tackle the issue of household waste prevention.
The Business Waste Framework and Waste Prevention Guide can be found at: