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Case Study - Food and Garden Waste Collections

Moray Council is on track to meet the challenging targets set by Scottish government for waste management. To help achieve these targets the council began using Keenan Recycling’s services in 2004. Click here to read a Case Study which highlights how Moray Council are now leading the way on food and waste collections.

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Waste Ash Disposal

Please wrap cold waste ash in newspaper to cut out dust dispersal when servicing your bin.

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Scottish Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) Code to apply from April

The legislation requiring operators of materials sorting facilities in Scotland to measure the quality of the recyclable material that they receive and sort becomes law from April.

This comes after the Waste (Recyclate Quality) (Scotland) Regulations 2015 which were laid in Parliament last week.

Scotland’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) operators will be required to measure material input and output quality from October.

The requirement to measure the quality of input and output material at MRFs is similar to that for facilities in England and Wales which have been in effect since October 2014. MRFs in Scotland will be required to begin reporting details of input and output quality from October 2015.

The ‘Code of Practice on Sampling and Reporting at Materials Recovery Facilities’ was also published by the Scottish Government last week, in which it outline the legal requirements for MRF operators and can be viewed here.

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Recycling Centre Opening Hours Survey - Results

Moray Council provides a network of 8 Recycling Centres across the county, 5 of which are licensed to accept Household Waste. These centres, as well as the waste and recyclable materials presented play a critical part of the council’s waste management strategy. With this in mind and it is important that we understand the thoughts of users in order that the sites and services can be developed.

The results can be viewed here.

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Litter: What Scots Really Think, Revealed in New Report by Zero Waste Scotland

What people in Scotland really think about litter in their communities, and their attitude to how it should be tackled, is revealed in a new report published on Monday 13th April by Zero Waste Scotland. Click here to view the report.

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Moray Council Launch New Business Guides for Waste and Litter

Moray Council launch two new guides to help businesses manage their waste and tackle litter. The launch took place at Moray College in Elgin and was attended by Richard Lochhead MSP and John Cowe, Chair of the Council’s Development and Infrastructure Committee with representatives from the Moray Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses, Business Gateway and customers of Moray Council’s Commercial Waste and Recycling Service also attending.

The Voluntary Code to Tackle Litter: A Guide for Businesses has been produced to help businesses tackle litter by adopting a Voluntary Code of Practice.

Signatories to this voluntary code will be asked to carry out an assessment of the causes, types and locations of the litter around their business and then work in partnership with The Moray Council to reduce litter by carrying out a series of practical actions.

Richard Lochhead MSP welcomed the development of the new voluntary code, “Businesses can be powerful role models in our community and maintaining clean, tidy and litter free premises will have a positive influence on customer perception and behaviour.

This guide provides help and advice on key areas, including how to clean up litter, manage waste, reduce packaging and why education and awareness is important.”

The Commercial Waste Information Guide has been produced to help businesses manage their waste and includes information on resource efficiency, legal compliance and provides details of the Moray Council’s comprehensive Commercial Waste and Recycling Service.

John Cowe, Chairman of the Economic Development and Infrastructure Services Committee said, “Managing waste efficiently can actually bring a range of benefits to businesses, including cost savings and enhancing business reputations. I am pleased that our customers have already discovered the benefits of recycling and welcome the development of the new Commercial Waste Guide.”

Doug Hartley, Head of Estates at Moray College UHI said “Moray College UHI is committed to all principles of waste management and actively ensures that as much waste as possible is diverted from landfill to recycling. As a customer of Moray Council’s Commercial Waste and Recycling Service we work very closely with Moray Council in this regard. We are delighted to be hosting the launch event for the guides which will be a valuable resource for any business looking to save money and look after the environment at the same time.”

You can view our latest press release here.

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Scottish Landfill Tax

The way landfill tax in Scotland is paid is changing. From April 2015, the tax collected from landfill operators will go to Revenue Scotland and will be called Scottish Landfill Tax.

Landfill Operators can now Register online to pay Scottish Landfill Tax with Revenue Scotland.

UK Landfill Tax, currently collected by HMRC, aims to encourage waste producers to produce less and recover more value from it. Since the introduction of the tax in 1996, it is viewed as being a key factor in the changing of attitudes and the diversion of waste from landfill. The Scottish Landfill Tax will continue with this aim and is consistent with the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan. The below graph displays the fall of waste landfilled in Scotland against landfill tax.

Scottish waste to landfill graph

Please see here for further details

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Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards

Businesses in Scotland are taking significant steps to improve or reduce their impact on the environment, often saving money in the process. The VIBES Awards are held each year to recognise and showcase best practice.

The VIBES Awards are open to any Scottish based business that contributes to the sustainable development of Scotland in some way.

If you have taken an effective approach to environmental improvement and sustainable development, either across the whole of your business or by focusing on only one of your activities, you could be eligible for a VIBES award.

The VIBES Awards are a partnership between Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Government, Scottish Water, Scottish Enterprise, Highland and Islands Enterprise, Zero Waste Scotland, Energy Saving Trust, and the 20:20 Climate Group.

VIBES is further supported by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), CBI Scotland, the Institute of Directors (IoD) and Bright Green Business.

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Recycling Guide

A helpful household Recycling Guide has been produced to help YOU Reduce, Reuse and Recycle YOUR waste

Reducing, Reusing and Recycling your waste:
• Saves the Earth’s natural resources
• Saves energy and reduces the risk of global warming
• Reduces the need for landfill

The Moray Council are working to provide and improve facilities that will help YOU move towards zero waste.

For further information please contact waste@moray.gov.uk or telephone 01343 557045.

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