The Waste Regulations

About the legislation

The new Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 require every business in Scotland to take the following actions:

  • Your business must present metal, plastic, glass, paper and card separately for collection from 1st January 2014.
  • If you run a food business which produces over 50kg of food waste per week, you must present it for separate collection from 1st January 2014.
  • The requirement to present food waste for separate collection will extend to all food businesses which produce over 5 kg of food waste per week from 1st January 2016.

If your business is located in a rural area, you are exempt from all the food waste requirements of the Regulations.

Separate collection means waste stream specific separation. That is to say, a separate container is required for each dry recyclable and the subsequent handling must be sufficient to maintain that separation through the management chain.(DUTY OF CARE – A CODE OF PRACTICE 2012, P. 28).

The introduction of the new Waste Regulations represents a significant milestone in Scotland’s journey to build the circular economy and become one of the most resource efficient economies in Europe.

By applying the waste hierarchy, resource use is minimised, valuable resources are not disposed of in landfills, and waste is sorted into separate streams for reprocessing, leaving only limited amounts of waste for mixed waste treatment, energy from waste and landfill. Waste is treated as a resource.

The waste hierarchy is summarised in five steps:


  • Prevention.

    If You Can’t Prevent, Then….

  • Prepare For Reuse.

    If You Can’t Prepare For Reuse, Then…

  • Recycle.

    If You Can’t Recycle, THEN…

  • Recover Other Value (e.g. Energy).

    If You Can’t Recover Value, THEN…

  • Disposal.

    Landfill If No Alternative Available.

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