The awards, which recognise best practice throughout the Scottish waste and recycling industry, took place at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel following two days of passionate discussion regarding the future of the sector.
During the conference speakers including Richard Lochhead, Scottish Government’s secretary for rural affairs and the environment, and Janez Potočnik, European commissioner for the environment, spoke about, amongst other things, the importance of adopting a resource efficiency economy in order to tackle issues such as population growth and inflation.
Six awards were handed out on the night, with the winners as follows:
- Best Partnership Initiative – Glasgow Caledonian University and Cordia LLP
- Excellence In Resource Management (Small Organisation) – Changeworks Recycling
- Excellence In Resource Management (Medium Organisation) – ng homes
- Excellence In Resource Management (Large Organisation) – Perth and Kinross Council
- Outstanding Contribution Award – Charlie Devine
- Young Recycler Of The Year – Ross Burns
Ross Burns, winner of the Young Recycler Of The Year, commented: “ I am thrilled to win Young Recycler of the Year. There are so many inspiring projects being delivered by colleagues across the resources sector and I’m delighted to be recognised as helping to make a valuable contribution. A thanks must go to those at Zero Waste Scotland and the partners I have had the pleasure of working with this year.”
Paulo Cruz, speaking on behalf of Glasgow Caledonian University and Cordia LLP, said: “GCU and Cordia have developed a number of initiatives to raise awareness of pressing environmental issues, such as the need to minimise waste or choose sustainable travel options, and enable GCU students and staff to make informed decisions about these issues.
Steve Lee, CIWM – “On behalf of CIWM I would like to offer congratulations to the winners, and look forward to an equally successful event next year”
“The Best Partnership Award recognises our shared values and commitment to improving our environmental performance. The Awards dinner was a fantastic way for celebrating our achievements and an opportunity for catching-up with friends and colleagues.”
John Fury, Chairperson of ng homes, said: “We are delighted to receive this Excellence in Resource Management award. It recognises the terrific work being carried out by our tenants, volunteers and staff who are working in partnership with Glasgow City Council and Zero Waste Scotland. Together we are achieving fantastic results and making a real difference through our united effort to reduce food waste and encourage recycling in north Glasgow.”
CIWM chief executive Steve Lee said: “These awards are a terrific way of demonstrating the exciting initiatives being adopted throughout the Scottish waste and recycling industry. It is great to be able to end what has been an informative, and at times intense, conference with an event that recognises and rewards real, tangible progress within Scotland.
“On behalf of CIWM I would like to offer congratulations to the winners, and look forward to an equally successful event next year.”
Chair of the CIWM Scotland Centre, Linda Ovens, praised the event’s organisers and speakers, and offered her personal congratulations to Charlie Devine on his individual award. She said that, in her view, the two-day conference was “inspirational, not aspirational”, adding that its success was a testament to the ongoing endeavours of the waste and resource industry in Scotland.