Scotland launches best practice code to work towards zero waste

The first signatories to Scotland's Resource Sector Commitment have been announced, as businesses prepare for new waste regulations which will come into force next year.

The Scottish Government backed initiative, which was launched in April, is designed to set consistent standards for business waste collections and to help deliver the country’s zero waste targets.

In signing up to the commitment, organisations agree to: provide customers with high quality recycling services; give advice on preventing waste and using resources efficiently; have user-friendly contracts and charging structures; and enable customers to give feedback.

The signatories include Changeworks, an Edinburgh-based social enterprise which offers sustainable waste and recycling services, resource management firms William Tracey Group and Lowmac, and local authority South Ayrshire Council.

The commitment has been developed by Zero Waste Scotland in collaboration with the resource management industry and small business representatives.
The new Waste (Scotland) Regulations which come into play next year will drive a change in the way Scotland manages its resources.

From January 1 2014, businesses will be legally required to take all reasonable steps to recycle as much of their waste as possible. In addition, all local authorities and waste contractors will be obliged to meet high recycling standards.

According to William Tracey Group’s managing director Robin Stephenson, it is vital that the sector works together to maximise the potential of Scotland’s secondary resources.

“This will not only benefit the environmental but will also play an important role in helping our customers control their costs,” he said.

Maxine Perella

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