Take heed of the new food recycling laws

New recycling laws have come into force
New recycling laws have come into force

Food businesses across Midlothian are being urged to recycle more as part of new regulations.

Businesses which generate more than 5kg of food waste per week are now required by law to have it collected separately for recycling.

Changes to the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 came into force on January 1, replacing a previous requirement with the weekly limit set at 50kg of food waste.

Recycling food is a big part of the Scottish Government’s strategy for hitting its climate change targets. When food begins to break down, it produces a gas called methane, which traps even more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.

Viridor is helping local businesses avoid fines and meet the new regulations by providing a food recycling service that turns the food waste into a resource such as peat-free compost.

Graeme Milne, Viridor’s Scottish strategic sales manager, said: “The Waste (Scotland) Regulations represent a paradigm shift in how Scotland manages its waste resources. At their core they aim to help Scotland become one of the most resource efficient nations in Europe and we are proud to be supporting thousands of Scotland’s local businesses get Regulation ready with a simple 1, 2, 3, (4) Waste and recycling service. We are committed to helping local businesses transform their waste.”

Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Since the regulations were introduced, businesses and the environment have felt the benefits.”

He estimates that Scottish businesses could save £192 million a year if they reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill. For more, contact waste regulations hotline 0141 781 9151.