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Businesses Get On The Ball In Tackling Food Waste

Iain Gulland, CEO of Zero Waste Scotland

This is a guest blog written by Iain Gulland, CEO at Zero Waste Scotland | @ZeroWasteScot, the Scottish national body for resource efficiency, he can be found @IainGulland.

The Waste (Scotland) regulations, which came into force in January 2014, have changed the landscape with regard to commercial food waste – with businesses increasingly understanding the implications of generating and disposing of this waste.

Since the regulations came in, Scottish businesses and the environment have felt the benefits. Waste management firms have seen an increase in business from food waste that would otherwise be going to landfill, and fewer climate changing emissions are being generated as a result. Our research also shows that compliance has helped many businesses to reduce their waste costs.

Firms like Keenan Recycling have taken the opportunity presented by the regulations to provide enhanced and expanded services to businesses that generate food waste.

Since 1st January, all businesses in non-rural areas that produce more than 5kg of food waste per week have been legally required to collect it separately.

Zero Waste Scotland, the national body for resource efficiency funded by the Scottish Government, has been supporting SEPA to publicise the regulations and their implications to firms across the country and we can help businesses with their obligations through our free Resource Efficient Scotland service. I would also urge companies to check if their waste contractor has signed up to the voluntary Resource Sector Commitment. By using a contractor which has signed up to the commitment, businesses can be assured of a high quality recycling service which also helps them comply with the regulations. We can also advise on ways your business can prevent food waste, potentially helping to make savings.

Resource Efficient Scotland support and contact details are available at:

The Resource Sector Commitment was set up for the resource management industry to demonstrate their support for Scotland’s zero waste ambitions and show their commitment to delivering high-quality resource management services.

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