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12th December 2012

Putting waste on the agenda in Scotland

Richard Lochhead MSP joins SWR discussion on new Scottish Waste Regulations.


Waste management company SWR recently hosted a forum in Edinburgh to discuss recent changes to Scottish waste regulations. The event, held at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, was attended by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP, along with a number of business leaders from the Scottish community and representatives from SEPA and Zero Waste Scotland.


The new waste regulations were passed by the Scottish Government on 9th May this year. They set out key actions and targets to tackle the near 20 million tonnes of waste produced in Scotland every year and will impact all sectors of society including business. By aiming to recycle 70% of all waste by 2025 Scotland stands to save an astonishing £2.7 billion (money that would otherwise be spent quite literally burying waste in the ground as landfill).


The event included short presentations from Richard Lochhead MSP and representatives from Zero Waste Scotland and was followed by an open discussion forum with a panel of experts, which included CEO of SWR Giles Whiteley.


SWR’s General Manager in Scotland, Stephen Cameron, said: “While waste has not been a boardroom issue before, it is becoming so with soaring costs, environmental pressures from customers and now some very ambitious legislation. Our event brought together senior figures from large companies throughout Scotland to discuss how the new regulations will effect them.”