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.
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:
If You Can’t Prevent, Then….
Prepare For Reuse.
If You Can’t Prepare For Reuse, Then…
If You Can’t Recycle, THEN…
Recover Other Value (e.g. Energy).
If You Can’t Recover Value, THEN…
Landfill If No Alternative Available.