Scottish businesses more waste aware study finds


A report from Every Can Counts has revealed that Scottish businesses are more aware of their waste after the Waste (Scotland) Regulations came into effect at the beginning of the year.

Research undertaken by the beverage can industry recycling initiative found that 85 per cent of Scottish businesses are aware of the regulations, compared to just 39 per cent at the same time last year.


Every Can Counts also discovered that awareness of its campaign to get people to recycle beverage cans at work or on the go has increased to 77 per cent since its introduction in November 2012.

The number of businesses that intend to set future sustainability targets has increased to 91 per cent from 68 per cent in 2013.

Almost nine in ten businesses said their targets included goals for drinks can recycling, while 73 per cent are recycling metal packaging. Every Can Counts programme manager in Scotland Andrew McFarlan said: “Great progress has been made in the past year in getting Scotland’s businesses to meet the requirements of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations. However, our research suggests there is still work to be done.

“During our first 18 months in Scotland, Every Can Counts has already helped more than 600 businesses to adapt to the new regulations by making it easier to start, or increase the recycling of drinks cans. As awareness of the regulations increases, we want to help even more businesses across the country to work towards compliance with Scotland’s sustainability targets.”