Scottish construction sector advised to comply with waste regulations


William Tracey Group has warned that some Scottish construction companies are still not aware of their responsibilities when complying with the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations.

Launched at the beginning of the year, the regulations require businesses to separate recyclable materials including paper, plastic, cardboard and metals from commercial waste prior to collection.


But with construction sites typically using one container for the collection of all waste, the company is warning that Scottish construction projects must still be aware of the need to separate materials.

To aid them with this, it has launched Zero Waste Bags that can be attached to the skip ready for collection and allow the material to be separated.

William Tracey managing director – non-hazardous waste Robin Stevenson said: “The obligation for construction waste to comply with the new regulations is often overlooked and while there have quite rightly been areas of higher priority during the early months, we should remember that failing to meet your obligation can result in a fine of up to £10,000.”

Zero Waste Scotland head of resource management Charlie Devine added: “The Waste (Scotland) Regulations have now been in play for more than six months, and early indications show that the message is out there and that the regulations are working. Zero Waste Scotland is continuing its efforts to ensure that all businesses in Scotland are aware of the requirements of the regulations, and that compliance is as easy as possible.

“To ensure compliance, businesses should start by having a discussion with the company collection their waste to establish a recycling service that complements your business. By contacting our Resource Efficient Scotland support programme, businesses can also access free advice and support, as well as sector specific guidance, to help them comply with the regulations.

“It’s great to see William Tracey are also offering a solution to the construction industry to make sure it’s as easy as possible for businesses to make the necessary practical changes to how waste is managed.”