Media Release: Biffa helping deliver Zero Waste Scotland


RECYCLING and waste management company, Biffa, is proud to be amongst the first national operators to have signed up to Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Sector Commitment.

Begins a spokesperson: “The agreement is aimed at delivering higher resource efficiency targets through the Waste (Scotland) Regulations, which come into force in January 2014.

“Biffa’s services across Scotland will help support the goals of the Scottish Government, set out in Zero Waste: Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources: Blueprint for a more resource efficient and circular economy, released this month.”

Explained Biffa’s major account manager, Willie Sinclair: “Resource efficiency and the circular economy are of critical importance in a sustainable Scotland, and at Biffa we’re proud to be doing our bit to help deliver a more sustainable future.”

Sinclair added: “Biffa has been working closely with Zero Waste Scotland over a number of months to develop a service that not only delivers on the new regulations but also adds value for our customers. This is how Biffa sees sustainability in action – environmental and economic benefits being delivered through a single service.”

In August this year, Biffa announced its support for businesses across Scotland in preparing for the new waste regulations. From the New Year, the regulations will affect the majority of businesses and will revolutionise the way resources are managed in Scotland.

“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.

Added Biffa’s Lynn Thomson, corporate account manager: “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.”

From next January, all Biffa’s business customers in Scotland will have systems available to recycle metals, plastics, glass, paper and card, and food waste collections where reasonable amounts are produced.

Richard Lochhead, Scottish Government’s Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, was yesterday reported calling on Scotland to “pursue action on all levels, from local to global” to ensure Scotland leads the global move towards resource efficiency, adding that the country must “lead not just in what we say, but in what we do. Rhetoric must become reality”.

He is quoted, as saying: “Scottish Government is committed to creating a more productive and circular economy whilst reducing our dependence on raw materials. We are embarking on the next steps to becoming a zero waste nation. [We must] galvanise people behind our zero waste vision, and work with them to make it a reality.”

The good news for Biffa customers is that they’re already delivering on Zero Waste commitments. Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and gin business of Pernod Ricard 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 particular, Biffa provides support and advice to businesses keen to follow the waste hierarchy.

Simon Rutledge, group regulatory and environmental manager at Biffa, explained: “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.

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