This timely seminar was an opportunity for stakeholders and key policymakers to discuss policy proposals aimed at meeting waste and circular economy targets set out in The Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan.
Delegates began by discussing the wider policy context for this area in Scotland and the progress that has been made in regards to attitudes towards waste and the circular economy. Delegates then considered the role that regulation can play in reducing waste levels in Scotland, along with the role that industry and local authorities can play in this regard.
Delegates also looked at lessons that Scotland could learn from the Welsh Government’s approach to the circular economy, particularly in relation to recycling.
Further sessions examined next steps for developing Scotland’s circular economy, in the context of the £18 million Circular Economy Investment Fund, including the way forward for creating ‘Zero Waste Towns’, strengthening cooperation between industry, local government and the third sector and opportunities for remanufacturing.