Scotland Policy Conferences

Next steps for waste and the circular economy in Scotland

Morning, Wednesday, 20th June 2018

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ


This timely seminar will be 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 recently-published Climate Change Plan.

Delegates will discuss key priorities for the design of The Scottish Government’s proposed Deposit Return Scheme and the potential implications for local authorities, retailers, the manufacturing industry and individuals, ahead of expected consultation on the policy later this year.

The agenda also looks at what Scotland can learn from waste reduction initiatives in other areas of the UK, 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 - looking at 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

Scottish Labour Spokesperson for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform


Ewan MacDonald-Russell

Head of Policy and External Affairs, Scottish Retail Consortium

Jamie Pitcairn

Director, Scotland, Ricardo Energy & Environment

Dr Warren Bowden

Director, SLG Technology

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

Sam Mills

Head of Projects, Changeworks