sepa_logo_headerSEPA, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, has reported that compliance with the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations has been encouraging amongst urban businesses.

Under the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations, which came into effect on January 1 2014, all businesses, not-for-profit organisations and public sector bodies are required to separate recyclable materials including glass, metal, plastic, paper and cardboard for collection. Food businesses in urban areas which produce more than 50kg per week of food waste also have to separate food waste for recycling.

However compliance among smaller, independent restaurants and cafés indicates a lower level of awareness of the new regulations and additional efforts will be targeted to support this sector to improve their waste segregation systems.