Resource management companies and a local authority are the first organisations to sign up to Scotland’s Resource Sector Commitment.
The Scottish Government backed initiative, launched in April, is designed to set consistent standards for business waste collections and to help deliver the country’s zero waste targets. The signatories include social enterprise Changeworks, William Tracey Group and Lowmac and South Ayrshire Council.
By signing the commitment the organisations agree to:
· Provide customers with high quality recycling services
· Give advice on preventing waste and using resources efficiently
· Have user-friendly contracts and charging structures
· Enable customers to give feedback
The commitment was developed by Zero Waste Scotland and has the support of trade bodies including the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, Federation of Small Businesses Scotland, Scottish Environmental Services Association, Community Resources Network Scotland and the Resource Association.
This comes five months before the implementation of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 on 1 January 2014, which requires all waste producers and service providers to take reasonable steps to separate key materials for recycling – metal, plastic, paper, card and glass.
Four key materials will have to be separately collected from January 1 2014
The regulations will help to fulfil the aspiration of Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan to deliver high quality recycling services and provide closed loop recycling in line with the waste hierarchy. Delivering the best recycling service possible will help to ensure materials collected for recycling don’t end up in landfill or are incinerated.
Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland said: “The new Waste (Scotland) Regulations which come into play next year will drive a change in the way Scotland manages its resources, and this commitment will play an important part in working towards that change.”
Currently Scotland spends over £100 million each year to throw away materials that could be worth over £100 million if they were recycled. And processing food waste through modern treatment plants has the potential to generate enough energy to power the city the size of Inverness as well as supply 10% of Scotland’s fertiliser needs.