On course to zero waste

Paul Condy and Helen McIver of SSC at one of the Zero Waste recycling bins.
Paul Condy and Helen McIver of SSC at one of the Zero Waste recycling bins.

The Scottish Salmon Company is the first business in the Western Isles to take up the challenge of Zero Waste Scotland, the government-backed initiative to promote recycling, at commercial premises.

All 79 staff at SSC’s Marybank processing plant, just outside Stornoway, are now focused on recycling cans, plastics, and paper in a bid to minimise waste and reduce environmental impact.

This initiative is also estimated to provide cost savings in the order of £1,500 a year.

Reducing waste, recycling more and using resources sustainably are important principles for the company which strives for environmental excellence.

Following the successful implementation of the scheme at Marybank, it will be rolled out to all SSC sites over the coming months as SSC puts in place its Environmental Management System.

Paul Condy, who is leading the initiative at Marybank, said: “We have been very diligent over recent weeks and are now segregating our waste for the council to recycle, rather than take to landfill sites. It is an easy habit to get into and an important step to take. For us, stewardship of the environment underpins all we do.

“We are delighted to be the first commercial premises in the Western Isles to take up the Zero Waste Scotland initiative and can see how it will cut costs and improve efficiencies. I hope our example may lead others to give it a go.”

Iain Campbell of Zero Waste Western Isles, said: “Zero Waste Western Isles are delighted that The Scottish Salmon Company have come on board with our recently introduced Co-mingled waste recycling service (paper, cans and plastics). This service will enable commercial premises in the Stornoway area to recycle some of their commercial waste.

“It is an ideal opportunity for commercial customers to contribute to recycling services and increase the amount of waste diverted from landfill.”