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Zero Waste Scotland Capital funding to support infrastructure adaptations in response to COVID-19

The Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland grant  funding to support infrastructure adaptations in response to COVID-19  Fund is now open. This funding is open to operators of licensed waste management facilities in Scotland involved in the management, recycling or reprocessing of recyclate working with household, commercial and industrial, and construction wastes.

A grant of up to £10,000 per site is available towards the capital costs for changes to infrastructure, plant and equipment that will contribute to an improvement in the operator’s ability to maintain environmental performance and sustainability while implementing the controls required to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Examples of possible modifications include the installation of Perspex screens, alterations to sorting lines or implementing traffic management on site.


How to apply

The application form and guidance notes are available for download from:

Completed applications should be submitted to .

We have had already had success in assisting operators with their applications – if you wish us to help you access the grant, please contact for more info……the applications close on 21st August.

Are you struggling with complying with the EPR 5.07 – Clinical Waste guidance?

The EPR 5.07 applies to all waste management facilities that are permitted to accept clinical waste.

Albion Environmental Ltd has a dedicated team of qualified trainers and expert Consultants with experience on healthcare waste management. We have been providing support to many NHS Trusts across Scotland which includes the delivery of comprehensive site audits as required.

Under the EPR 5.07, Waste Pre-Acceptance procedures are required ‘’prior to the delivery of the waste to the disposal/ treatment site to determine the composition of the site by carrying out an audit of the waste producer’’.

If you are a healthcare waste producer needing some support with your audit, we have prepared this simple guide which covers the main points required by the Pre-Acceptance Procedure Stage 1.  These should help you to cover the key requirements to carry out your pre-acceptance procedure audit.

Soil Waste Classification Course

Do you understand the implications of Non-Compliance with Duty of Care Regulation?

Did you know we offer training in Soil waste classification?

Often Phase 2 Site investigation reports can leave those dealing with waste soils (e.g. developers and groundworks contractors) exposed to unknown costs for waste soil disposal and non-compliance with Duty of Care Regulations.

Following discussions with our clients operating within the Construction Industry we have developed a bespoke ½ day course covering the following topics:

  • Summary of key legislation and guidance with regard to the disposal of waste soil and stones
  • Definition of waste in the context of soil and stones
  • Interpretation of site investigation reports – identifying the key issues with regard to soil waste classification
  • Applying the waste hierarchy in the context of soil and stones
  • Soil disposal/reuse options and criteria that need to be met for each option
  • Waste Management Licence Exemptions
  • Waste Acceptance Criteria interpretation
  • Scottish Landfill Tax and the Material Qualifying Order

For more information please click here

Don’t worry if this does not meet your exact requirements as we offer a bespoke course, we can adapt the content to suit your requirements – so please get in touch!

For more information, contact 01292 610428 or contact Andrew Howlett, Principal Consultant

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) Statisticians

SEPA publish Official Statistics yesterday (17 September 2019) which provide details of Household Waste collected across all Local Authorities during 2018. Rather depressingly they show an overall decline in recycling rates across Scotland, to 44.7%, a decrease of 0.9 percentage points from the 45.5% rate achieved in 2016.

Even worse when you consider that the actual recycling rate being achieved at the household level (not taking into account recyclate recovered at Household Waste Recycling centres or waste treatment facilities) is probably nearer 30%.

We routinely get asked by councils to provide waste compositional analysis of their residual waste and regularly find at least 30% of the waste and sometimes up to 50% could have been presented in recycling bins. As well as an improvement to the environment this presents councils with an opportunity to reduce costs for disposal.

Over the last 10 years there has been a huge investment in bins and collections systems, but this has not been backed up by a campaign (or a “stick”) to get the public to participate. Councils need support nationally to –

  • Enforce the use of food waste recycling – at least 50% of the population do not use and view this as optional.
  • Put investment into enforcing contamination policies – this includes both contamination of recyclate with non target material and contamination of residual waste with recyclate. And if necessary, an effective method of enforcing and applying a fine
  • Engaging with councillors and politicians to back and support these essential changes.

As a sector we can and must do better – with the huge attention focusing on plastics and climate emergency we have an ideal opportunity to drive behaviour change!

The movement and use of treated asphalt waste containing coal tar.

Asphalt waste is created when material is removed from roads, car park, pavements etc. When the binder used within the asphalt is bitumen, then the asphalt waste produced can be regarded as a non-hazardous waste. However, when the binder contains coal tar and exceeds the relevant hazardous threshold, then the asphalt waste produced will be classed as hazardous. The normal route for dealing with this type of hazardous waste in Scotland is to remove the material and transport it to a suitable third-party facility for disposal. This can be very expensive with disposal costs, landfill tax costs and haulage. 

Albion Environmental have had approval from SEPA, on a site by site by basis, that if the waste produced is treated in an agreed manner and is backed up with suitable procedures and records, then this waste can comply with current Waste Legislation.  This material can be re-used in sub-layers of the new road, car park or footpath engineering works at the site it was produced. This approach also very much improves the sustainability criteria that we are all striving to achieve. 

If this is of interest to you please contact Gerry McCabe or Andrew Howlett or for further information or call us on 01292 610428.