Scotland Policy Conferences

Next steps for reducing waste in Scotland - assessing latest policy developments, tackling food waste, and securing behavioural change

Morning, Thursday, 18th June 2020

Central Edinburgh


This conference will examine next steps for waste policy in Scotland.

Areas for discussion include:

  • The potential impact of proposals in the Circular Economy Bill on business, local communities and residents, local authorities and public bodies in Scotland;
  • Progress since the publication of the Food Waste Reduction Action Plan - and the role of Zero Waste Scotland and others in implementation;
  • Recommendations on single-use disposable beverage cups and addressing challenges for achieving long-term changes in business and consumer behaviour; and
  • Preparing for the 20p deposit return scheme.

Context and the focus for discussion

The conference will bring stakeholders together with policymakers to discuss key issues emerging from policy developments, including:

  • The Scottish Budget proposal that the Scottish Landfill Tax (SLfT) be increased, which will align with the rate for the rest of the UK - in part to tackle concern over waste tourism;
  • Responses to the consultation on proposals in the Circular Economy Bill ;
  • Response from the Scottish Government to the Expert Panel on Environmental Charging and Other Measures (EPECOM)’s first report, relating to single-use disposable beverage cups, with Government proposing that the Circular Economy Bill allow the introduction of a charge for the provision of items, with single-use drinks cups as the first item to be charged;
  • Consultation on regulations for the Deposit Return Scheme, due to be enforced in 2021;
  • Food Waste Reduction Action Plan from the Government, published last April; and
  • The delay of the ban on biodegradable municipal waste going to landfill from 2021 to 2025, and the role that the Scottish Landfill Tax could play in the transitional period to 2025.


There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive, Scottish Environment Protection Agency; and
  • Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland.

Further confirmed speakers include: Dave Dalton, British Glass; Nina Falk, Kalopsia Collective; Stephen Freeland, Scottish Environmental Services Association; Morag Garden, Scotch Whisky Association; Tim Rotheray, Viridor and Laura Tainsh, Davidson Chalmers Stewart.

The agenda in summary

  • Latest developments on the Circular Economy Bill;
  • International case study: working towards net-zero waste;
  • Assessing the implications of the Circular Economy Bill - and its potential to increase re-use and reduce waste;
  • Reducing food waste following the Action Plan;
  • Collaboration with private and public sectors to curb waste - going beyond compliance and tackling illegal activities;
  • Strategies for achieving long-term changes in behaviour; and
  • Working with consumers and businesses to reduce waste - and preparing for the 20p Deposit Return Scheme.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Seminars organised by Scotland Policy Conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. We expect a range of relevant officials from The Scottish Government and this conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have already reserved places representing: Marine Scotland; Defra; and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speakers

Terry A’Hearn

Chief Executive, Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Iain Gulland

Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland


Sarah Boyack MSP

Deputy Convener, Local Government and Communities Committee

Finlay Carson MSP

Deputy Convener, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee


Dave Dalton

Chief Executive Officer, British Glass

Stephen Freeland

Policy Advisor, Scottish Environmental Services Association

Truls Haug

UK Managing Director, TOMRA Collection Solutions

Morag Garden

Head of Sustainability & Innovation, Scotch Whisky Association

Tim Rotheray

Director of Innovation and Regulation, Viridor

Laura Tainsh

Partner and Head of Environment & Waste Team, Davidson Chalmers Stewart