Tesco keeps re­cy­cling points

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Tesco has con­firmed it will re­tain its re­cy­cling points at its Burn­side store af­ter it was re­vealed the su­per­mar­ket did not have the nec­es­sary per­mis­sion to op­er­ate them.

The Scot­tish En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency (SEPA) con­firmed this week that Tesco had not ap­plied for the ap­pro­pri­ate le­gal ex­emp­tion which al­lows stores to op­er­ate‘bring sites’- con­tain­ers where cus­tomers can de­posit cloth­ing, glass, pa­per and other re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als.

A SEPA spokesman said:“SEPA has re­ceived a com­plaint re­gard­ing su­per­mar­ket carpark‘bring sites’in South La­nark­shire which have not reg­is­tered the ap­pro­pri­ate au­tho­ri­sa­tions.

“Although an ac­tiv­ity may be ex­empt from waste man­age­ment li­cens­ing, it is still sub­ject to statu­tory con­trols to pre­vent en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion and harm to hu­man health. We will be con­tact­ing the rel­e­vant sites to alert them to the reg­u­la­tions.”

A spokesman for Tesco said:“The cus­tomer re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties at Tesco Burn­side store are not op­er­ated by Tesco. “Our waste man­age­ment con­trac­tors are in con­tact with the coun­cil and SEPA to en­sure nec­es­sary pa­per­work is com­plete.”

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