A Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) campaign is raising awareness that Scottish businesses and organisations will be required to recycle or risk fines due to legislation coming in in 2014.
All businesses and organisations in Scotland will have to recycle their plastic, metal, glass, paper and card under the Waste (Scotland) Regulations from 1 January 2014.
Most food businesses will also have to recycle food waste from the same date. Businesses producing over 50kg of food waste a week must have it collected separately. This requirement will extend to companies producing over 5kg of food waste a week from 1 January 2016. However, food businesses in rural areas are exempt from these specific food waste requirements.
The campaign involves advertising across print and online platforms to drive companies to a website with advice on how to prepare.
ZWS is offering free support for organisations through the Resource Efficient Scotland programme. This advises on efficient use of energy, water and materials. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is also working to raise awareness.
Iain Gulland, director of ZWS, said: “The regulations are designed to enable organisations to further reduce waste, enable the recycling of quality materials, and be more resource efficient – all offering the potential for cost savings and wider economic opportunities.
“We have a range of support available to help over the coming months and would ask those needing help to get in touch.”
SEPA national waste manager, Adrian Bond, said: “The new regulations are a key part of Scotland’s ambitious journey to zero waste and, as the principal regulator for waste and the requirement to recycle, SEPA will have a key role in ensuring businesses become compliant in time for January 2014.”
Scotland currently pays £95m in landfill taxes to throw away major recyclates worth £97m, according to Zero Waste Scotland.
- A postcode search tool at is available to determine whether a food business is defined as being in a rural area in the context of these regulations.