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Waste challenges facing businesses in focus at inaugural Aberdeen seminar

17/09/12

An event aimed at raising awareness of the challenges businesses face in light of stricter waste regulations will be held in Aberdeen on Wednesday [19 September].

The Zero Waste for Business seminar will focus on the waste issues facing the business community and how companies can tackle them.

It has been organised and funded by Scottish Enterprise in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, SEPA and Zero Waste Scotland.

Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam will open proceedings in the Town and County Hall in the Town House, Broad Street, at 9.45am.

Guest speakers during the event will include Aberdeen City Council Waste and Recycling Manager Peter Lawrence, Zero Waste Scotland's David Barnes and Gary Walker from SEPA. There will also be case studies by way of presentations from bosses from the Lovat Hotel, Loch Ness and Baxter's of Speyside.

The Aberdeen seminar will be the first in a proposed series raising awareness of the waste issues facing the business world.

Peter Lawrence said: "Waste management in Scotland is undergoing radical change. In 2013, new regulations will be introduced requiring businesses to segregate and recycle their waste – including paper, metals, plastics, glass and food.

"The regulations will also introduce a progressive ban on disposal of certain waste to landfill. The aim of these developments is to promote waste as a resource, rather than a burden, and to encourage value recovery from waste materials.

"The changes present both challenges and opportunities for Scottish businesses.

"This event, and future events, will see those with a vested interest in this issue join forces with a view to exploring and developing practical solutions."