Media Release: The easy path to zero waste for Scottish businesses

RECYCLING and waste management company, Biffa, is helping businesses across Scotland prepare for the new Zero Waste Regulations.

Coming into force in January 2014, the regulations will affect the majority of businesses and will revolutionise the way resources are managed in Scotland.

Said Biffa’s Lynn Thompson: “Biffa are pleased to be one of the major players in Scotland that can help businesses with the 4Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle and recover energy.

“We have the breadth and depth of experience to help all businesses, large and small, with the sustainable management of their waste and resources, and could even be saving businesses money.”

Adds a spokesperson: “From the new year, businesses will need to make sure they have systems in place to recycle metals, plastics, glass, paper and card, and food waste collections will be required where reasonable amounts are produced.

“The good news is that Biffa already has well-established services in Scotland to help companies meet these new obligations.

“Whether your company generates just a little office paper or ten tonnes of food waste a month, Biffa has a sustainable and cost-effective solution.”

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and gin business of Pernod Ricard and Biffa customer, have been meeting the requirements of Zero Waste Scotland for some time.

Technical director, Gordon Buist, said: “In collaboration with our Biffa account manager, Chivas Brothers has been able to achieve a recycling rate of over 95 per cent at our bottling operations. Biffa’s on-site services and recycling outlets have made it easy to recycle and to do our bit for the environment.”

In 2012, Chivas Brothers signed up to the Climate 2020 Waste Pledge to comply with the new regulations early.

Chivas Brothers are separating almost all their waste for recycling, including glass, cardboard, polythene, plastics, wood, metal, filter pads, ceramics, paper and organic waste. The organic waste, which is mainly food waste from site canteens, is treated by anaerobic digestion where it generates ultra-low carbon energy and a nutrient-rich fertiliser.

Biffa’s Scottish infrastructure makes it easy for businesses to comply with the new regulations. Thompson added: “Contrary to popular belief, it’s often cheaper to recycle than to dispose of waste to landfill. Some companies even receive a rebate from Biffa for their rubbish, which is good news for their bottom line and for the environment.”

In particular, Biffa provides support and advice to businesses keen to follow the waste hierarchy. “Our account managers specialise in different business sectors. For example, we have worked with some of the UK’s largest food manufacturers and showed them how to eliminate waste at source.

“By rethinking waste and seeing everything as a resource, the business sector really can make a huge positive impact on the environment.”

Scottish businesses preparing for the change are invited to contact Biffa’s Customer Service Team to arrange a FREE consultation – 0800 023 2172.

You can also find out more about our complete range of services by visiting

Notes to editors:

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth Gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.

In July 2010, Chivas Brothers launched The Age Matters campaign to help consumers understand the importance of Scotch whisky age statements.


MEDIA RELEASE posted by Fourcade Communications. You too can post media releases (aka press releases) on For more information, email here.

Contact: Julie Fourcade
Phone: 01903741546