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Holiday accommodation waste

By law, every business in Scotland including guest houses, self-catering accommodation and applicable B&Bs have a legal responsibility for the waste they generate.

The Law

Holiday accommodation owners must ensure they store, transfer, transport and dispose of their business waste without harming the environment.

Business waste must not be disposed of within public litter bins, domestic waste bins, recycling points or at recycling centres. Business waste should be transferred to a registered waste contractor.

For more information on your duty of care, please visit our webpage Duty of Care - Your Waste Responsibilities.

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 require businesses to separate the following materials for collection and 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

If possible, suitable recycling facilities should be made available. As a minimum you should provide:

  • Separate bins for customers to recycle glass, metal, plastic, paper and cardboard
  • Bins labelled clearly, to avoid contamination of recyclables and general waste
  • Information on recycling requirements and the importance of using the bins/containers correctly
  • Monitoring checks for contamination, and make improvements where necessary

Holiday Accommodation Food Waste

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 also require food businesses, including guest houses and applicable B&Bs, to take all reasonable steps to ensure food waste is separately collected.

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