Resource Use

Plastics and food waste to take centre stage at Scottish Resources Conference 2018

Plastics and food waste are among the topics that will be under the spotlight at this year’s Scottish Resources Conference, set to take place from 3-4 October 2018 in Edinburgh.

Issues including the plastics plight of Scotland’s oceans, the incoming ban on biodegradable waste to landfill, construction waste, and Scotland’s planned deposit return scheme, will all be examined at this year’s Scottish Resources Conference.

The conference, which will once again be delivered by Zero Waste Scotland along with partners the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) will be attended by innovators, investors, sustainability experts and decision-makers at both local and national level.Plastics and food waste to take centre stage at Scottish Resources Conference 2018

Delegates will hear from a number of speakers, including circular economy expert Mark Shayler, Founder and Director of innovation and sustainability consultancy Ape and a founding partner of the Do Lectures and Greenlabs, and Ian Schofield, Own Label and Packaging Manager at Iceland Foods, which recently announced it would be the first UK retailer to introduce a plastic-free label for its packaging, as well as announcing it would be trialing a reverse vending machine for beverage containers. The ministerial address will be delivered by Scottish Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP.

The conference is now in its 17th year and will finish with the Scottish Resources Awards, with new categories including the Young Person Award, recognising young talent in the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People 2018.

Commenting on the conference, Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “The Scottish Resources Conference 2018 comes at an exciting time for the circular economy and resources industry. This year alone we have driven forward ambitious plans for Scotland’s deposit return scheme, continued to invest in more circular approaches to business, and are preparing to host an international circular economy showcase – Circular Economy Hotspot Scotland – in the coming months.

“This momentum is reflected in the programme for this year’s conference, where delegates will have the opportunity to explore sustainability challenges in a new and improved format. A series of interactive workshops will be on offer as an alternative to the two-stream approach exhibited at earlier events.

“With serious sustainability challenges on the horizon, the Scottish Resources Conference is an unmissable opportunity to be part of a proactive solution – driving a more circular landscape both in Scotland and as part of a global sustainable community. I would encourage anyone with an interest in Scotland’s sustainable future – or in maximising circular economy opportunities for their own business – to secure their place at this must-attend event.”

Dr Colin Church, Chief Executive of CIWM, said: “Supporting Scotland’s firm commitment to making the circular economy real, this year’s programme focuses on some of the main priorities ahead, including developing new approaches to biodegradable waste and, of course, the question of what we can collectively do to tackle plastic waste. Importantly, it also looks at the ‘how’ as well as the ‘why’, with interactive workshops sharing good practice and exploring what skills and new business models will be needed.”

Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), added: “From climate change to the circular economy, Scotland is driving globally ambitious, internationally recognised policy with a purpose. It’s policy that recognises the economic, as well as environmental, opportunity of a more sustainable, resource efficient Scotland.

“The most successful countries in the 21st century will have circular economies which extract maximum value from our waste and function within our planet’s means to support us. By supporting individual businesses and industry to go beyond compliance and introduce truly innovative solutions which ensure the environment is protected and waste criminality is prevented, Scotland has the unique opportunity to set the trend on a global scale.”

The full Scottish Resources Conference programme is available on the conference website.

Booking is also now open. An early bird booking discount will be live until 31 July 2018, representing a saving of up to £30 per delegate.

  • One-day rate £179 plus VAT until 31 July – thereafter £199+VAT
  • Two-day rate £269 plus VAT until 31 July – thereafter £299+VAT