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The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 were passed by the Scottish Parliament in May 2012 with the objective of helping to make Scotland one of the most resource efficient nations in Europe resulting in long term economic and environmental benefits for us all. So why are we telling you about this now? Well.... some of the regulations have already come into force from 1 January 2014 and your business risks a substantial fine if it does not take all reasonable steps to recycle the waste it produces.
The regulations now in place mean that :
Springfords have already met the 1 January 2014 target – we have bins for non-confidential paper waste in every office and separate bins for glass and plastic waste which are all collected by Midlothian Council. Our confidential waste is shredded by a waste contractor who is a registered waste carrier with relevant authorisation from SEPA.
Here at Springfords we have also set up a Green Committee to look at all aspects of waste prevention and minimisation within the office and keep staff up to date with initiatives. We’ve managed to make savings in our energy and stationery bills as a result of ideas stemming from the Committee. Perhaps you could set up a Green Committee in your organisation? The basic mantra to keep in mind is:
Waste prevention is any activity that stops waste being produced and includes reuse. For example you should:
A sound waste minimisation programme will not only save money and increase profits, it can also reduce the company’s impact on the environment and improve its reputation. Areas to look at here are:
For more information and helpful factsheets visit The Scottish Environment Protection Agency at http://www.sepa.org.uk/waste/moving_towards_zero_waste/zero_waste_regulations.aspx