Retailers join quest for zero waste society

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CAPITAL retailers are among businesses in Scotland which are joining forces to recycle more and save on costs.

A landmark step towards creating a zero waste society was taken yesterday, when new Waste (Scotland) Regulations were passed by the Scottish Parliament.

The new rules will require all businesses to separate paper and card, plastic, metal and glass for recycling by January 2014. Businesses that produce more than 5kg of food waste per week will also need to separate this for collection. To support the changes required by the regulations, Zero Waste Scotland will be investing £8 million in councils and commercial waste management firms this year.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “We all need to realise that the price of and demand for raw materials is increasing globally, mainly down to rising energy costs, consumer trends, population growth and resource scarcity.”