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The Scottish Government publish guidance on application of the Waste Hierarchy

8th May 2013

Further to the introduction of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 on 09 May 2012, which mandate that all businesses apply the Waste Hierarchy, the Scottish Government has introduced guidance on applying the Waste Hierarchy and achieving high quality recycling.

The new legislation puts an increased responsibility on businesses to better manage their waste. This includes a legal obligation to apply the waste hierarchy to all waste streams, and also a staged timetable of source segregation of recyclables – including organic food waste on a timetable based on produced volumes of waste per week, click here to view a previous news article providing an overview of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 and the main provisions and the timetable for implementation.

The guidance is broken into three parts as noted below:

Part 1: Context and Background
1.1 Purpose of guidance
1.2 What is the Waste Hierarchy?
1.3 What is “High Quality Recycling”?
1.4 Relevant legislation and guidance
1.5 Applying the hierarchy

Part 2: Material guidance sheets
2.1 Using this guidance
2.2 General principles
2.3 Interpreting the options
2.4 Material-specific guidance

Part 3: Supporting guidance and information sources

Click here to access the guidance in full on the Scottish Government website.

How Mabbett can assist

Mabbett has a team of technical professionals who can provide guidance and implementation support on the new regulations to include: advice on waste contracts, waste segregation, legal compliance audits, EMS and staff awareness training, click here to learn more about our waste management services.

For further details or to discuss what your business needs to do to comply with the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012, contact Nicola Gribble, Senior Environmental Consultant and Project Manager,