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New partnership event promises to drive Scotland’s resource agenda

Zero Waste Scotland and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) have today announced plans for a new partnership conference to showcase the opportunities flowing from Scotland’s zero waste ambitions to a wider audience. The new annual two-day event will build on the existing Scottish Waste and Resources Conference which has run successfully for more than ten years.

20 Jul 12

Highlighting the growing importance of waste and resources on the political agenda in Scotland, this year’s programme – aimed at business and public sector leaders, environmental organisations and the resource management industry – will open with a welcome address from Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment on day one and from Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism on day two.

The strong speaker line-up will bring together key policy and industry experts including Stuart Greig from Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Delivery team, Liz Goodwin, Chief Executive of WRAP, Derek Robertson Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, Ray Georgeson MBE, Chief Executive of the Resource Association, Adrian Judge of UK Green Investments, and Alupro Executive Director Rick Hindley.

Also taking the platform will be speakers from major business sectors such as retail and facilities management, including senior figures from Marks & Spencer, Mitie, and the British Hospitality Association. And sharing the latest thinking from the US will be guest speaker Scott Cassel, Chief Executive and Founder of the Product Stewardship Institute.

Commenting on the new partnership, Zero Waste Scotland Director Iain Gulland said: “New regulations will accelerate the pace of change from ‘waste to resource’ in Scotland in the coming years, impacting on businesses especially. By partnering with the CIWM for this event we hope to create a high-profile platform to engage businesses and the public sector around the opportunities of moving to a resource efficient economy.

“Our aim is for a major event that reflects the scale of Scotland’s ambition on this agenda.  The resources industry can be as important to Scotland’s low carbon future as the renewables sector but we need to spark people’s imagination and tell inspiring stories of what can be achieved through zero waste.”

Duncan Simpson, Chair of CIWM Scotland Centre, added: “Scotland is pushing the boundaries on waste and this new partnership event will provide an invaluable forum for waste and resource management professionals to discuss and shape the future, share knowledge and best practice, and ensure that we can deliver the vision of a more resource efficient Scotland.”

For the full conference programme and booking information visit www.scotwaste.com

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