Trade waste

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012

All businesses in Scotland must recycle their:

  • paper
  • glass
  • metal
  • plastic
  • cardboard

Food waste

If you run a café, restaurant or prepare or sell food, and you produce more than 5kg of food waste per week, you must put this out separately for collection (except in rural areas).

A 10L container will hold approximately 5kg of waste.

The regulations apply to all businesses including:

  • individual traders
  • shops
  • offices
  • factories
  • restaurants 
  • schools
  • hospitals

More information is available from Resource Efficient Scotland.

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