Waste legislation for business

The purpose of UK Waste legislation is to control the keeping, transport, treatment, deposit and disposal of waste.

It controls the waste management industry (of which Perth and Kinross Council is part of) and it controls specific waste streams such as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Animal By-products.

Who regulates waste legislation in Scotland?

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) is the regulating body for all environment legislation in Scotland. If you import, produce, store, transport, transfer, treat or dispose of waste, there are various regulations that you need to comply with to ensure that you don't get prosecuted.

Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012

These Regulations set in place statutory measures to support delivery of the Scottish Government's Zero Waste Plan. Visit our  Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 information page to find out how these new Regulations will impact on your business or organisation as a waste producer.

Duty of Care a Code of Practice

Businesses and organisations should be aware of their statutory  icon Duty of Care [104Kb] obligations as waste producers. For full statutory guidance on the duties that must be complied with by anyone who produces, keeps, imports or manages controlled waste in Scotland can be viewed in the Scottish Government's Duty of Care - A Code of Practice guidance document.

Scotland's Zero Waste Plan 2010

The Scottish Government launched Scotland's first Zero Waste Plan on the 9th June 2010 which sets out a vision for a zero waste society. This vision describes a Scotland where all waste is seen as a resource; waste is minimised; valuable resources are not disposed of in landfills, and where most waste is sorted, leaving only limited amounts to be treated.

Other useful tools

  • Net-Regs is a useful tool developed by the Environment Agency to navigate through environmental and waste legislation.
  • Make sure you fulfil your duty of care and check your waste is being handled by a licensed carrier.
  • www.legislation.gov.uk holds most of the full text of UK and Scottish legislation online.

Contact details

Commercial Waste Team

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476476