Scottish MSP and Scottish Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham toured the new Scotland warehouse for Shredall SDS Group’s shredding and paper recycling company. She has been given a recycling tour of the facility.
The Scottish Government has put out plans for a’ circular economy,’ increasing rates of recycling and reducing waste. It will be consulted until 19 December. In the context of’ tacking our throwaway culture;’ it proposes mandatory public waste coverage, promoting domestic recycling and environmental charges on single-use products that have proved to be environmentally harmful. Another proposal provides a proposed fee of single-use products such as plastic drinking cups.
The new 17,000 sq ft depot of Shredall SDS Group will serve as a regional hub for shredding, recycling and scanning services, including a recycling service for paper cups. The company points out that every year over 2.5 billion cups of coffee go to landfill in the UK. The consultation speaks about raising the minimum fee for single-use carrier bags from 5p to 10p; and a price for reusable single-use coffee cups.
Roseanna Cunningham said: “A sustainable circular economy offers immense economic and industrial potential as well as significant environmental gains to Scotland. It can increase profitability and open up new markets by delivering job opportunities and lower-cost alternatives for purchasing the products we need.
“Single-use cups are a perfect example of the fact that to reduce waste, no single measure alone will be successful. Whether it is deciding to switch from disposable to reusable cups or making sure that at the end of their lives cups are handled more effectively, we all need to do more to support a more circular economy and reduce our environmental impact.
“We all have a role to play in preserving our energy and products, be it government, corporation, industry and individuals, and I welcome Shredall’s continued investment and dedication to promoting recycling in Scotland.”
Shredall SDS Group Managing Director Nik Williams said: “BothI and Shredall Ltd Scotland General Manager Brian McCulloch had the privilege of taking Ms Cunningham around the site and addressing the growing importance of industrial recycling in Scotland. Our investment in new equipment represents our commitment to helping businesses move into a circular economy, and it was nice to see the Secretary of the Cabinet for Energy, Climate Change and Land Reform taking an interest in a business like ours.