New laws set for business waste recycling

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Changes in the law will mean businesses in Scotland are obliged to recycle certain materials from January 1, 2014.

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 were passed by the Scottish Parliament on May to help Scotland become one of the most resource efficient nations in Europe.

Long term, these new regulations aim to improve public confidence in recycling and put a stop to landfilling of biodegradable municipal waste in Scotland.

The new regulations are part of a suite of actions under the Zero Waste Plan to improve the service offered to households and businesses to maximise the quantity and quality of materials available for recycling.

Vice-chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee, Committee, Alan S Buchan said, “These new regulations highlight key issues surrounding waste and recycling and we are pleased to be involved to ensure municipal waste is massively reduced.

“This new direction will give Scotland the ability to recycle waste effectively and impact on the cost of waste removal. This new service will help us toward a future where we have a sustainable and effective recyclable waste service.”