Businesses should make their best endeavours to meet environmental obligations and continue recycling services for as long as possible.
Now more than ever we need to recognise the legal responsibility for the waste we produce, store, transport and dispose of. Waste producers should use only council collections or licensed waste carriers. An offer to collect waste that sounds too good to be true often is and could lead to illegal flytipping, burning or illegal disposal.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is working with waste businesses to help them adjust and adapt, recognising that resources and capacity within the waste sector are severely constrained. Operators should be preparing themselves as far as practical for the challenges of COVID-19 to ensure impacts on the environment are minimised but we recognise there may be disruption to waste management services during this time and it may mean it is not possible for operators to comply fully with their environmental obligations for reasons beyond their control.
A temporary regulatory position is in place to support the waste sector. The regulations and how to contact SEPA, including information for waste carriers and collectors, is available from the dedicated SEPA hub.