The 2020 Climate Group has opened its Waste Pledge to organisations across Scotland. The Pledge, which encourages organisations to adopt the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 six months early, has already been signed by over 40 organisations associated with the 2020 Climate Group.
The Regulations require all non-domestic waste producers to take reasonable steps to ensure the separate collection of metal, plastic, glass, paper and card (including cardboard) from 1 January 2014. Food businesses in many parts of Scotland are also required to provide for the separate collection of their food waste by 2014 if they produce more than 50kg per week.
Ian Marchant, Chair of the 2020 Climate Group said “leading by example is one of our founding principles and adopting these Regulations early is a sensible decision, to address any initial challenges and share our experience and best practice. I would encourage all organisations in Scotland to show their support by signing up on our website and also review their waste streams and recycling arrangements to work towards compliance with the Regulations.”
The Regulations are expected to result in significant benefits to businesses, particularly reduced costs as result of the reduction in waste going to landfill. The Regulations will also result in environmental benefits, mainly a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions associated with landfill disposal and, through improved recovery of valuable resources from former ”wastes”, reducing reliance on use of raw materials.
Other members of the 2020 Climate Group have been quick to voice their support for early adoption. Sir Brian Souter, Stagecoach Group Chief Executive added “a number of our buses in Scotland are powered by 100% biofuel made from used cooking oil recycled in the local community. We’ve also tested biomethane produced from household rubbish and animal waste, helping to reduce landfill and cut carbon emissions. Thinking about waste in a different way can save business money. It’s not just good for our environment in Scotland; it can be good for our economy. The earlier we all change the way we live and work, the quicker we can all benefit.”
Michael Tracey MBE, Managing Director for WM Tracey group and co –chair of the 2020 Waste and Resources subgroup said “it is important for business to know what the implications will be when the new Regulations come into force and 2020 members will encourage other organisations to engage with their customers and supply chains to make sure they understand the business benefits and positive impact that early adoption can have on resource use, efficiency, profitability and carbon emissions.”
Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland agreed, commenting that “the waste regulations in Scotland will be a game-changer. They will open up new economic opportunities, from recycling or reusing valuable items which currently go to waste, and by incentivising organisations to use resources more efficiently and save money in the process. Those benefits are attainable now – there is no need to wait until the regulations come into force – so we fully endorse this initiative from the 2020 Group and would urge as many organisations as possible to take this pledge and commit work towards zero waste today.”
The organisations of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group hope that their commitment will be shared by other businesses and organisations so that the environmental and economic opportunities afforded by effective resource management are realised as early as possible.