Recycling The Law

The main requirements from the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 will apply to everyone who generates waste (see note below) with the exception of waste produced in households.

As a waste producer, you must:

  • Apply the waste hierarchy to the management of your waste.
  • From 1st January 2014 present glass, metal, plastic, paper and card (including cardboard) for separate collection.
  • In some circumstances, present food waste for separate collection.
  • Take care of the waste while you hold it, for example during storage, so it does not escape from your control.
  • Ensure your waste is collected by someone authorised to receive it, for example, a registered waste carrier or waste manager with the relevant authorisation.
  • Ensure that the transfer of waste is covered by a waste transfer note including a full description of the waste and retain a copy of this note for two years.
  • Ensure that the waste description is accurate and contains all the information you are reasonably in a position to provide for safe handling, transport, treatment, recovery or disposal by subsequent holders.
  • Ensure if you are carrying your own waste that you are appropriately registered with SEPA

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Note – A Waste Producer is described as any person whose activities produce waste (original waste producer) or anyone who carries out pre-processing, mixing or other operations which result in a change in the nature or composition of this waste.