The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 were approved by the Scottish Parliament and came into force on May 17, 2012. This signifies a landmark stepchange in the way individuals and businesses in Scotland manage their waste.
The new regulations are designed to make the most of the fact that waste, when treated appropriately, is a valuable resource which holds the potential to significantly boost Scotland’s economy and create Green jobs. The Regulations will help deliver the Government’s Zero Waste agenda and recycling targets.
Keys provisions of the Regulations regarding food state that businesses involved in food manufacture, preparation or retail will be required to separate food waste for recycling from 2014 onwards (unless they produce less than 50kg of food waste per week, in which case they will have until 2016 to comply).
Here at Binn Group we have – prior to, and in anticipation of, aforementioned legislation – operated a dedicated and fully integrated food waste collection service. This resulted in us pioneering new collection technology and methodology in Scotland, thereby allowing our clients full compliance and peace of mind prior to legal obligation.
We offer a full food waste management service which covers everything from: training clients on the separation and presentation of food waste; through the supply of internal and external containers; to collection and processing of waste through our on-site Anaerobic Digestion facility. The AD process produces biogas that is used to produce heat or electricity, displacing fossil fuels and contributing towards Scotland’s renewable energy targets.
Another by-product of the state-of-the-art process is the production of an organic fertiliser and nutrient source, which in turn can displace carbon-intensive chemical fertilisers, thereby contributing towards sustainable soil strategies and food production.