Scotland Policy Conferences

Next steps for waste and the circular economy in Scotland

Morning, Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Central Edinburgh


This timely seminar will be an opportunity for key stakeholders and policymakers to examine the practicalities and next steps for meeting waste and circular economy targets in the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan, which is due to be published shortly.

Delegates will discuss what is needed from the regulatory framework to support the drive to meet waste reduction targets, with particular reference to extended producer responsibility initiatives - such as the Scottish Government’s proposed Deposit Return Scheme and commitment to match an EU ban on single use plastics by 2030 - and what they mean for local authorities, retailers, the manufacturing industry and individuals.

The agenda also brings out what is being learnt from waste reduction initiatives outside Scotland, with a case study from the Welsh Government, whose introduction of statutory targets for local authority waste collection is credited with positioning Wales near the top of world recycling league tables.

Further sessions assess priorities for developing Scotland’s circular economy in the context of the £18 million Circular Economy Investment Fund.

Sessions look at the economic potential of the circular economy, opportunities for remanufacturing, next steps for embedding greater partnership working between industry, local government and the third sector, and the way forward for creating ‘Zero Waste Towns’.

Guest of Honour

Iain Gulland

Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland

Guest of Honour

Iain Gulland

Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland

Keynote Speakers

Dr Andy Rees

Head of Waste Strategy Branch, Welsh Government

Rebecca Walker

Head, National Regulatory Services, Scottish Environment Protection Agency


Maurice Golden MSP

Member, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Claudia Beamish MSP

Deputy Convenor, Cross-Party Group on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency


Ewan MacDonald-Russell

Head of Policy and External Affairs, Scottish Retail Consortium

Jamie Pitcairn

Director, Scotland, Ricardo Energy & Environment

Bruce Reekie

Waste Services and Community Greenspace Manager, Perth and Kinross Council

Dr Winifred Ijomah

Technical Director, Scottish Institute for Remanufacture

Robin Baird

Chief Operating Officer, Fife Resource Solutions

Senior speaker confirmed from Changeworks