Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012

Implications for businesses

According to the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 passed in May 2012, all businesses must separate dry recyclables (paper, cardboard, metal, glass and plastic) for recycling.

Businesses that produce more than 50kg of food waste per week will also need to separate their food waste for collection. This has been extended to businesses producing more than 5kg of food waste per week.

In conjunction with the requirement to separate food waste for collection, there will be a ban on the non-domestic use of food waste disposal units (macerators) and food waste digesters where food is discharged into public sewers directly or indirectly.

There will also be a ban on biodegradable municipal waste going to landfill from 01 January 2021.

To answer questions from businesses, Zero Waste Scotland has produced an excellent FAQ Database regarding the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012.

We can help you meet these targets

Stirling Council Waste Services have developed a free recycling service that allows companies to meet the new legislative requirements as set out in the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012.

We'll help you recycle: 

  • Paper
  • Food and Drinks Cans
  • Plastic Bottles Only (No Mixed Plastics)
  • Tetra Pak cartons
  • Glass bottles and jars – no broken glass please
  • Food Waste

A commercial brown box for flat packed cardboard also is available.

Download our leaflet to find our more.

These services are mainly available to customers within the city centre but are gradually extending to other parts. This collection will reduce the volume of waste going into your commercial bin, and therefore reduce your commercial waste disposal costs. All food waste collected is turned into 'green' electricity, which is used to power homes and businesses.

Sign-up by contacting Commercial Waste on 01786 23 7579 or e-mail