Great News For Scotland As The Country Reaches Record Low Levels Of Waste To Landfill
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Great News For Scotland As The Country Reaches Record Low Levels Of Waste To Landfill

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Figures, published in November 2014, by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) shows that the country has enjoyed an all time low in waste sent to landfills. This is excellent news, as it means that there are plenty of points to take on board for the rest of the UK.

Your company can help reduce its worksite waste too with SWMP advice from Skippy Nationwide too. In doing so, your firm will be doing its bit to help recycle more waste materials into useful resources.

Scotland’s Impressive Waste Handling Figures

The data was published as part of a launch of SEPA’s Waste Discovery Data Tool in November, 2014. The tool is designed for users to be able to filter waste information by a number of different criteria for ease of use. It is hoped that this will be useful for businesses, companies and organisations as a key indicator of how Scotland’s zero waste plans are doing.

Over the period from 2011 to 2012, Scotland’s total landfill waste fell by 2 million tonnes. Total waste collection overall dropped during this period from 13,380,933 to 11,362,451 tonnes.

The biggest change came from the construction and demolition sector. This particular industry enjoyed another fall of over 2 million tonnes of waste being sent to landfill in 2012. Waste generation fell from 6,287,830 to 4,770,059 tonnes. This change has been largely attributed to a reduction in the amount of chemical waste being sent to landfill. The commercial and industrial sector saw waste generation decrease from 4,486,344 to 4,091,556 tonnes.

As well as the reductions in waste to landfill, there too was an increase in the amount of materials recovered over the year. The total amount recovered over the period from 2011 to 2012 increased from 276,869 to 286,781 tonnes overall.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland, noted: “This data shows a trend towards significantly less waste being generated and sent to landfill in Scotland, which is very positive.

“As Scotland transitions towards a more circular economy, in which materials are kept in productive use for longer, rather than the current take, make and dispose model, we will see less waste being generated and disposed of.”

How Can You Learn From Scotland? By Using SWMP Advice From Us Of Course!

If you’ve been inspired by our intrepid Scottish cousins and their waste reduction efforts, why not apply some of the same logic to your work sites and organise a site waste management plan (SWMP) with Skippy Nationwide?

With the proper implementation of a management plan for your site waste, you could potentially significantly reduce the amount you send to landfills. You could also save yourself some money too.

Although SWMP regulations have changed, meaning they’re no longer a legal requirement for large scale projects, they’re still an exceptionally useful tool to ensure the proper handling and disposal of site waste.

We’re all in it together, when it comes to recycling, so don’t let the side down. All of your legal requirements and Duties of Care will be adhered too as well. Not only can you reduce your worksite waste, you can also stay legally complaint with the necessary legislature too.

To learn more information about this service, doesn’t hesitate to get in touch. Skippy Nationwide can be reached via email at or you can call us on 03333 218402.

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