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Scotland to introduce zero waste policy

The SNP government is looking to introduce a zero waste policy in Scotland which will see consumers and businesses forced to separate food from their traditional waste by 2013. It is believed that food waste will then be used to generate electricity which will then be pumped back into the national grid and made available to Scottish consumers and Scottish businesses.

There is no doubt that the Scottish government has been very proactive on the green front and recycling is a major element of this particular policy. It will be interesting to see how consumers and businesses react to the request to separate traditional waste and food waste as many believe a fine system will be introduced for those who are unwilling or unable to accommodate this request. This is the ultimate stick and carrot situation and with fines unlikely to be introduced in the short-term it is hoped that consumers and businesses will take it on their own back to help where possible.

Recycling and the green revolution are set to be a major element of the Scottish economy going forward and could offer significant job opportunities in the future. But how quickly will consumers and businesses adapt?

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