By law, every business in Scotland including guest houses, self-catering accommodation and applicable B&B’s have a legal responsibility for the waste they generate.

Are you a holiday accommodation owner and should you be complying with the waste regulations?.

The Law

Holiday accommodation owners must ensure they store, transfer, transport and dispose of their business waste without harming the environment.

Business waste must not be disposed of within public litter bins, domestic waste bins, recycling points or at recycling centres. Business waste should be transferred to a registered waste contractor.

For more information on your duty of care, please visit our webpage Duty of Care - Your Waste Responsibilities.

In addition, all holiday accommodations in Scotland must separate waste for recycling.

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 require guest houses, self-catering accommodations and applicable B&B’s to take all reasonable steps to separate the following materials for collection and recycling:

  • Glass (Including drinks bottles and empty food jars)
  • Metal (including cans, tins, aluminium trays
  • Plastic (including drinks bottles, rinsed empty food containers and rinsed cleaning products bottles)
  • Paper
  • Cardboard

Where the holiday accommodation provides bins/containers for the collection of recyclable waste, it is expected that suitable recycling facilities are made available. As a minimum you should provide:

  • Internal Segregation - Facilities for customers to recycle glass, metal, plastic, paper and cardboard.
  • Labelling - Recycling facilities should be adequately labelled to avoid contamination of recyclables and general waste.
  • Communication - Accommodation owners should communicate effectively with their customers, for example, customers checking in or picking up keys should be informed of recycling requirements and the importance of using the systems provided correctly.
  • Monitoring - Check periodically for contamination and make improvements where necessary.
  • Location - Recycling facilities should be co-located with general waste collection facilities.

Holiday Accommodation Food Waste

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 also require food businesses, including guest houses and applicable B&B’s in most areas producing over 5 kg of food waste per week to take all reasonable steps to ensure food waste is separately collected *

*However, self-catering accommodations is not defined as a ‘food business’ and therefore not legally required to provide facilities to segregate food waste, although it is encouraged.

Some rural guest houses and B&B’s may be exempt from the food requirements.  Use the rural postcode checker to check if you are in an exempted area.

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