From 1 January 2014, every business will have a legal duty to segregate recyclable materials, including metal, plastic, paper, card and glass under the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012. With less than six months to go until the introduction of new waste regulations for businesses, SEPA have been promoting the upcoming changes through a series of briefings and seminars across Scotland.
The new regulations will help towards achieving the ambitious targets set by the Scottish Government to recycle 70% of all waste by 2025, ensuring Scotland becomes one of the most resource efficient nations in Europe.
In partnership with a number of agencies, including Zero Waste Scotland, SEPA have already succeeded in raising awareness of the upcoming changes with over 600 businesses through specially arranged briefings and seminars across the country. Extensive engagement between ourselves and local authorities has also taken place to develop a consistent approach to implementing the new legislation.
Over the coming months, SEPA will continue the programme of engagement with businesses to provide advice and encourage business owners to contact their waste service provider in order to start preparing for the coming changes.
For more details of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012, please visit zero waste regulations page.