Artisan Edinburgh restaurant 'The Timberyard' implemented savvy, money saving waste measures, ahead of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations.
By carefully managing and separating their waste, the Timberyard Restaurant is able to recycle 90% of their waste. In doing so they are compliant with the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 which came into force on 1 January 2014.
Through good housekeeping and common sense, proprietor Andrew Radford has been able to recycle and reuse old equipment and building materials to establish the new restaurant and keep waste to a minimum; whilst instigating measures to recycle food, glass, paper and cans on an on-going basis.
The restaurant recycles more than 90% of its waste, ensuring minimal financial losses through the waste created. Good kitchen management means that very little food is wasted and all vegetable waste is composted, providing the nutrients needed to grow salad leaves and herbs in the grounds of the restaurant. There is also a weekly uplift fo their old cooking oil.
A waste management company provided separate recycling bins and collects all of the restaurant’s paper, can and glass waste. Material re-use within Timberyard includes the restaurant’s menus which are are printed on recycled paper and at the end of their shelf life are cut up and used as order pads and ultimately used to light the wood burning stove.
Since the new regulations came into being, all businesses in Scotland are now legally required to separate key recyclable materials including; paper and card, plastic, metals and glass for collection. In addition, businesses which produce over 50kg of food waste per week must present their food waste for separate collection.
Businesses producing more than 5kg of food waste per week will also have to comply with the new Waste Regulations from 1 January 2016.
For free advice and support on meeting the new regulations and how to save money, visit resourceefficientscotland.com/regulations.