MACDONALD WELCOMES SCOTLAND’S 2020 CLIMATE GROUP LAUNCH OF WASTE PLEDGE
Thursday, 06 December 2012 12:59
Falkirk East MSP and member of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, Angus MacDonald has tabled a motion to The Scottish Parliament welcoming the 2020 Climate Group waste pledge.
The 2020 Climate Group was set up in December 2009 with support from the Scottish Government to ensure that all sectors of Scotland’s economy and civic society contribute fully to achieving Scotland’s ambitious climate change targets.
Three years later, the 2020 Climate Group has membership of around 127 individuals from 90 different organisations across Scotland. This membership is comprised of some of the largest businesses in Scotland, the Government, local authorities, universities, charities and SMEs.
The 2020 Climate Group has opened its Waste Pledge to organisations across Scotland. The Pledge, which encourages organisations to adopt the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 six months early, has already been signed by over 40 organisations associated with the 2020 Climate Group.
The Regulations require all non-domestic waste producers to take reasonable steps to ensure the separate collection of metal, plastic, glass, paper and card (including cardboard) from 1 January 2014. Food businesses in many parts of Scotland are also required to provide for the separate collection of their food waste by 2014 if they produce more than 50kg per week.
Mr MacDonald said:
“I fully endorse this initiative from the 2020 Group and would urge as many organisations as possible to take this pledge. In fact I will be taking action to make sure my office meets the regulations as soon as possible. The regulations are expected to result in significant benefits to business, reducing costs as result of the reduction in waste going to landfill. The regulations will also result in environmental benefits, reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with landfill disposal and through improved recovery of valuable resources from waste.”