A new chapter for Zero Waste Scotland

Written By Iain Gulland - Director, Zero Waste Scotland  |  7 Jul 14

My final blog before heading off for my summer holidays brings good news.

I’m delighted to report that Zero Waste Scotland has appointed Mr Vic Emery as its first Chair, as it embarks on a new chapter as a separate organisation.

Vic brings with him a wealth of experience, both as a businessman and industrialist, and in a variety of public service roles.  I’m looking forward to working with him when I get back to drive forward our vision of a Scotland where we can really reap the benefits of a more circular economy.  One of Vic’s first tasks will be to recruit a number of Board members, and I hope to update further on that soon.

It is an exciting time for our work in Scotland – but also a time for some reflection as we will no longer be formally part of WRAP.

Within WRAP, we have delivered major impact for the Scottish Government over the years.  We’ve helped 1.2 million households get access to a food waste collection; we’ve delivered major reductions in food and packaging waste through initiatives like the Courtauld Commitment; we’ve developed a flagship sustainable construction project via the Resource Efficient House; we’ve catalysed millions of pounds of private sector investment in reprocessing infrastructure for plastics and organic waste; and we’ve inspired tens of thousands of Scottish businesses to take action to reduce their energy and resource use. 

I thought WRAP was a hugely impressive and inspiring organisation when I joined in 2008, and it remains so today.  Zero Waste Scotland will continue to work closely with WRAP in a number of ways, including collaborating on multi-national programmes.  We will have a shared future together.

For Zero Waste Scotland, we look forward to building on our success.  There is momentum growing around many areas of our work – evidenced by the recent session in the Scottish Parliament on the circular economy, or the launch of the Scottish Government’s new national litter strategy, which we will drive the delivery of.  We can deliver real, short-term and long-term economic benefits to Scotland, working with partners to bring about change. 

We have a great opportunity ahead of us and it’s great to be building a strong, confident organisation to meet that head on.

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