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Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012

The Scottish Government wants Scotland to become a zero waste society. A significant move towards this came with the passing of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 which came into force on 1st Jan 2014. So how have you changed your waste management to comply with the new Regulations? What are businesses required to do?

Is your Business Waste Regulation Compliant?

The new waste Regulations require all businesses, non-profit organisations and public sector bodies in Scotland to comply with a set of rules relating to waste preparation prior to collection for recycling, the most important of which is that metal, plastic, glass, paper and card are segregated into separate containers.

We only collect paper and card and when it comes to disposing of paper waste, we advise all businesses and organisations not to take any chances and to dispose of ALL paper whether confidential or not. This not only ensures compliance but saves time sorting through large amounts of waste paper.

There is no requirement for shredding in the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 but we do it anyway for greater security and peace of mind.

We also issue a certificate of collection and shredding as proof that businesses are compliant with the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 in case of inspection.

Rules for Waste Storage

Storage optionsThe new legislation also requires businesses to store all waste materials safely and securely, so that it will not escape and damage the environment. Paper Shredding Services already provide cabinets, bins and lockable wheelie bins for confidential waste storage.

Guidance for recycling varies for different business sectors; Hotels, Restaurants and Bars, Shopping Centres, Retailers, Entertainment and Leisure Venues, and Offices. Visit the SEPA website for recycling guidance by business sector.

For more information about how the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 affects your disposal of confidential and non-confidential paper waste contact us today.

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