Majority of businesses not compliant, report claims
FOOD businesses across Scotland are risking prosecution by failing to comply with waste regulations, according to new research.
The study, from organic waste recovery firm Olleco, found that although 87% of businesses in Scotland are aware of waste regulations, which came into force on January 1 this year, 93% of Scottish kitchens are not compliant with the rules.
Under the Waste (Scotland) Regulations, all businesses are required to present their metal, plastic, glass, paper and card for separate collection.
Food businesses, except those in rural areas, producing more than 50kg of food waste a week are also required to present that waste for separate collection, with businesses producing over 5kg of food waste a week required to do this from January 1, 2016.
Olleco has warned that business owners who ignore the rules run the risk of a hefty fine, with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) said to be gearing up for a summer crackdown.
Businesses found by SEPA inspectors to be non-compliant could be prosecuted and fined up to £10,000, said the firm.
“Working closely with the sector, we know that Christmas and new year are extremely busy periods for kitchens,” said Vincent Igoe, head of Olleco Scotland.
“Yet, not implementing the necessary changes required to remain compliant now could result in penalties not only from their current dry waste collector but, potentially, fines and criminal charges from SEPA.”
Igoe added that, in addition to complying with the new regulations, introducing new waste management systems can help to save operators money.
He claimed that arranging separate waste collections could save the average kitchen around £500 a year.
“Doing nothing is not really an option for kitchens now,” said Igoe.