Recycling regulations

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 require all businesses, not-for-profit organisations and public sector bodies to separate the following materials for recycling:

  • Glass (Including drinks bottles and empty food jars)
  • Metal (including cans, tins, aluminium trays)
  • Plastic (including drinks bottles, rinsed empty food containers and rinsed cleaning products bottles)
  • Paper
  • Cardboard


Guidance on Recycling

Guidance is available for the following sectors to comply with the new recycling requirements:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Shopping Centres
  • Retailers
  • Entertainment and Leisure Venues
  • Offices


For further information see:

  • What is your duty of care?
  • Businesses that require customer participation for recycling


You can view and download all of these publications on the SEPA website

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