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SEPA prepares businesses for January regulatory shift

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has been holding seminars with Scottish businesses to promote awareness on upcoming waste regulations.

Some 600 companies have attended the briefings, which were set up in collaboration with Zero Waste Scotland, WRAP’s Scottish arm.

SEPA has also engaged with local authorities to develop a “consistent” approach for the implementation of the new regulations.

From 1 January 2014 every business in Scotland will be requested to segregate recyclable materials, including metal, plastic, paper, card and glass.

Businesses in urban areas producing more than 50kg per week of food waste will also have to implement food recycling schemes using dedicated waste bins.

Adrian Bond, national operations waste unit manager from Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:

“The new regulations are a key part of Scotland’s ambitious journey to zero waste and, over the last year, we have seen significant progress by individual producers and waste service providers to engage in recycling. This critical activity has already led to investments and innovation which will lead to long term benefits for both the environment and the economy.

“Recycling is fast becoming a mainstream part of life, whether at home or at work, and the ongoing preparation for 2014 demonstrates the country’s commitment to managing Scotland’s material resources in a much more cost-effective and efficient way.”

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