What do businesses need to know about food waste recycling?

It’s a complicated world of waste management if you’re a business in Scotland, and things are about to get spicier come Jan 2016. There’s information out there from Zero Waste Scotland and SEPA but we’ve condensed for you below the main highlights just about food waste.

NB: The regulations only apply to businesses that are directly involved in the preparation of food i.e. if you have a large office and a staff kitchen you’re not required to have a separate bin for food waste.

What constitutes food waste?

  • Pretty much anything organic that you’d find in a kitchen. It’s all good for making great compost!
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grinds
  • Plate scrapings
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Veg and fruit peelings

What you need to do from 1st Jan 2016:

  • The limit drops from 50kg to 5kg which will include almost every business that makes food. For reference you can fit 5kg in a 7 litre food caddy
  • You’ll be banned from disposing of food directly into sewers. If you use kit like macerators, de-waterers or enzymatic digesters then you’ll need to get clear on how they can be used
  • This doesn’t apply if you live in a rural area. What constitutes ‘rural’ isn’t straightforward but you can see if you’re eligible by checking your postcode

If you need help with any questions regarding collections please get in touch with our team.

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