More than £29 million was saved in 2007 by Scottish businesses that have reduced their waste, according to research. Scottish Government-funded programme Envirowise, which published the study, said many businesses in Scotland are leading the way in improving resource efficiency.
Cabinet Secretary for Environment Richard Lochhead said: £29 million would be an eye-catching figure in a more normal economic climate, but with Scotland in recession, there has never been a better time for businesses to consider how to minimise their waste. The potential savings that could be made, as well as, of course, the environmental benefits from reducing waste are clear.
Recycling equals savings
Lochhead highlighted the example of Caltek Aluminium Systems in Livingston, which has implemented a recycling service to divert 18 tonnes of waste from landfill and reduce yearly bills by £1,684. He encouraged businesses to contact Envirowise for advice on reducing waste and saving money.
Envirowise programme manager for Scotland Robbie Weir said: The results highlight the fact that many businesses in Scotland are leading the way when it comes to improving resource efficiency.
"We can help companies to make, plan, implement and stick to their environmental goals. By focusing efforts on one area, measuring use, applying change and then re-measuring, companies will be able to see a significant reduction in costs.
The total savings figure of £29.2 million includes:
£17.1 million raw savings
£1.3 million from organisations managed as Key Accounts
£2.8 million worth of time
£8 million costs of obtaining information
* The report was conducted by Databuild Research and Solutions in December 2008.