Get A Quote

[honeypot sp-hnypt-3]










I agree

By checking this checkbox, you consent to receiving communications from B&M Waste Services about our waste services. You can unsubscribe at any time.






Shred your documents in 3 easy steps
1Approximate the number of boxes or bags of paperwork you require shredding and make payment online.
2We will send you our self seal security sacks to fill.
3Contact us to arrange collection and we will issue a certificate of destruction.

*all bags/boxes must be collected in a single visit
How many archive boxes do you have?
-
+
*Please note if you are ordering less than 10 bags/boxes, please CLICK HERE
How many bags do you have?
- +
Enter your full postcode
Enter your email

* By checking the box below, you consent to receiving communications from B&M Secure Shredding about our shredding services. You can unsubscribe at any time.

*Calculate Your Shredding

If you are unsure how much shredding you have or have other specific requirements, please click here to Get A Quote.
£ Shred your documents in 3 easy steps
0 x Archive boxes
0 x Bag
Postcode:
Your calculated cost is
£(inc VAT)
The bags you will be ordering carry up to 20kg of paperwork, measure 90cm x 41cm and are made of reinforced thick paper.
If you would like to proceed on this basis please enter your contact details and click proceed to payment.
Change Order
Jan
12

Scotland – Legislation Update

Categories: B&M News

As ever B&M commit to keeping customers up to date with all legislative changes and assisting in compliance. ‘Let’s Recycle’ published an article this month detailing the regulations and how they will impact on companies throughout Scotland, you can read the article below.

Scotland tightens food waste regulations

Businesses in Scotland producing more than 5kg of food waste per week are now required to present the material separately for collection under changes to the law which came into effect on Friday (January 1st).

The requirement applies to businesses in urban areas and has been brought in under the Waste (Scotland) Regulations, which originally came into effect in 2014 (see letsrecycle.com story).

Scottish Environment Minister Richard Lochhead (pictured right) highlighting food waste reduction in February 2015

Scottish Environment Minister Richard Lochhead (pictured right) highlighting food waste reduction

Eventually the regulations, which were spearheaded by Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead, will also bring into effect a ban on biodegradable municipal waste being sent to landfill from 2020, while the Scottish Government has also announced a plan to introduce a food waste reduction target (see letsrecycle.com story).

Until last Friday, only businesses producing 50kg or more of food waste per week were required to present the material separately, but the law change effectively means that the majority of businesses serving food in Scotland are likely to be affected.

Fine

The regulations are enforced by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). If companies do not meet the requirements of the law then SEPA can issue an on-the-spot £300 fine and repeat offenders could face up to £10,000 in penalties.

However, while there are fines set for businesses who do not comply, Zero Waste Scotland, the organisation setup to deliver the Scottish government’s Zero Waste Plan, estimates that reducing food waste could save businesses £192 million per year.

Climate change

Iain Gulland, chief executive, Zero Waste Scotland said: “Scotland’s waste regulations are designed to capture the value of waste as a resource and to tackle climate change.

“Working with businesses through our Resource Efficient Scotland service, we know that reducing and recycling food waste has helped them to cut costs. Now that the regulations have been extended to cover the majority of Scottish food businesses, we believe even more will benefit.

“The change is also good news for the recycling industry, which is handling more food waste than ever before, helping to create green energy as well as reducing emissions from landfill.”

Efficient

Grant Keenan, managing director of Aberdeenshire-based food waste treatment firm Keenan Recycling said that the regulation could save businesses money in a number of ways.

“Firstly our feedback has been that companies’ buying habits have changed due to the regulations and so they buy according more to what they need and focus on cutting food waste as much as possible.

“Also it will cut down on general waste being sent to landfill, which helps with climate change,” he said.

With regards to boosting recycling, Mr Keenan said that the 5kg regulation will make a ‘huge difference’.

Last year Zero Waste Scotland revealed that the amount of food waste treated at Scottish anaerobic digestion plants had increased by as much as 15,000 tonnes in the first few months of the regulations taking effect (see letsrecycle.com story). “Previous food waste figures will jump even further with the new regulations,” Mr Keenan added.

 

To see the original article click here.

If you have any queries about waste management in Scotland, and how you can remain compliant contact us on 0808 100 2434 or use the form on the right.

Get a Quote

By checking the box below, you consent to receiving communications from B&M Waste Services about our waste services. You can unsubscribe at any time.

I agree