A voluntary waste commitment for Scottish SMEs and other businesses has been introduced ahead of impending regulations.
Zero Waste Scotland has launched the Resource Sector Commitment to provide businesses with better quality waste services and set consistent standards for waste collections to help deliver the country’s zero waste targets.
The initiative is backed by the Scottish Government and has received the support of the Federation of Small Businesses Scotland, Scottish Environmental Services Association, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, Community Resources Network Scotland and the Resource Association.
To comply with the Scottish Waste Regulations 2012, businesses will have to separate materials for recycling from January 2014. The Resource Sector Commitment, along with the Resource Efficient Scotland programme, is designed to help organisations meet those new requirements and reduce the costs of recycling.
“Achieving zero waste will bring real environmental and economic benefits for Scotland and we all have a part to play,” said Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland.
“The new regulations next year will help transform how Scotland manages its resources, moving away from the idea of waste as a cost and a burden, instead seeing waste management companies as resource providers to a sustainable economy.”
The Scottish Government could also be given responsibility for administering landfill tax under new draft legislation published at Westminster.