Scottish recycling proposals to save firms £2bn

Scottish businesses could save millions of pounds by cutting waste and resource use after the government announced proposals to increase recycling collections from the corporate sector.

The proposed ‘Zero Waste’ regulations call for paper and card, glass, metals, and plastics to be collected separately from businesses, as well as outlining mandatory food waste collections for businesses involved in food production, retail or preparation.

Zero Waste Scotland — the organisation created to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan — claims that businesses that go even further than the minimum requirements will have the most to gain under the new system.

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Scottish firms could save up to £2 billion by adopting simple resource efficiency measures and a recent study identified that £64 million could be saved by cutting food waste in the hospitality sector alone, it said.

Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, commented: “The Scottish Government’s zero waste regulations will mean a step change in the way businesses manage their waste, and importantly give a net benefit for the Scottish economy.

“However businesses can benefit even more by working with us to reduce waste and resource use in the first place. For example, our research has shown the hospitality sector could save up to £64 million a year by reducing food waste.

Zero Waste Scotland has pledged to invest £4m this year to support food waste collections from homes and businesses. It will also be working to ensure improved trade waste collections are delivered ahead of the regulations coming into force.

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