New partnership project aims to recover the value of our materials

A new partnership project between Zero Waste Scotland and The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) is calling on resource experts, product designers and material scientists to re-think design to help accelerate Scotland’s transition to a circular economy, where materials are kept in use for as long as possible to extract the maximum value from them.

23 Jan 15

The ‘Great Recovery’ project aims to build new networks to explore the issue and how we can design, manufacture, use and dispose of products in a more sustainable way, moving towards a more circular system. 

The partnership follows the publication of a report from the Green Alliance which shows how Scotland could capitalise on the industrial and economic opportunities of a more circular economy; and the opening of a new Scottish Institute of Remanufacturing yesterday at the University of Strathclyde.  

As part of the new partnership, Zero Waste Scotland and the RSA are holding two workshops which explore the challenges and opportunities around the circular economy and designing for a closed loop system through practical ‘tear down’ exercises to explore the nature of supply chains, logistics, resource efficiency, waste and business or technical challenges. 

They will also explore a number of waste streams such as electronic products, textiles, food, packaging, and the opportunities that exist in ‘designing up’ new products and services in different industries, highlighting how design and improved business or service models can contribute to building a more circular economy.

The workshops are designed to encourage designers, engineers, technicians, manufacturers, brands and waste managers to meet, debate and collaborate.

The workshops will take place at A+DS, Edinburgh on Monday the 2nd of February, and MAKLab, Glasgow on Tuesday the 3rd of February. 

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Maurice Golden, Circular Economy Manager, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“Developing a circular economy in Scotland will help to protect our economy against resource shortages and the rising cost of materials.  Collaboration is a key part of this, so I’m delighted to be working with the RSA to bring together a diverse range of players to drive forward the change.  This partnership will form an important part of the Scottish Government’s plans to engage with and debate the opportunities of a circular economy.

“These workshops are a great way to kick the partnership off, and I hope to see designers from across sectors contributing to and learning about the circular economy.”

Jamie Cooke, Head of RSA Scotland said:

"At a time when we are growing the RSA's presence and impact in Scotland we are delighted to be working on this project with a partner like Zero Waste Scotland. This is an ideal chance to bring the expertise of the RSA's Great Recovery team to Scotland and combine it with the skills and knowledge of our Fellowship in order to help Scotland move towards a circular economy."

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