Young Stars Recognised At 2018 Scottish Resources Awards

To celebrate the Year of Young People 2018, the Scottish Resource Awards has teamed up with The Vibes Scottish Environment Business Awards to present the 2018 Young People Award.

The winners will be announced at an awards dinner on the evening of Thursday 4 October at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

This award recognises individuals or groups under the age of 30 who have stood out from the crowd during the last 12 months and have made a real difference to waste, recycling or to environmental sustainability in general and resource management in their local area, or on a regional or national project.

The awards are presented as part of the Scottish Resources Conference, which runs from 3-4 October. The event, delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, CIWM and SEPA, and hosted by BBC Scotland’s Sally Magnusson, has become a must-attend for professionals in Scotland’s circular economy and resources sector.

Keynote speakers this year include Ian Schofield, Own Label and Packaging Manager at Iceland Foods and Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP.

The other award categories are:

  • Best Food Waste Initiative
  • Best Circular Economy Initiative
  • Innovation Award
  • Best Partnership Initiative Award

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said: “Not only is this the Year of Young People, it’s also been a year in which people have been more award of the problems facing our climate than ever before.

“From the plastic in our oceans to the huge amount of food that ends up in our bins, the problems caused by waste have been high on the public agenda. It is really encouraging to see Scotland’s young people engaging with these challenges and making a difference in Scotland’s efforts to create a more circular economy.”

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland  – “It is really encouraging to see Scotland’s young people engaging with these challenges and making a difference in Scotland’s efforts to create a more circular economy.”

Nicki Souter MCIWM, Honorary Centre Chairman, CIWM Scotland Centre, said: “It’s inspirational to see the range and quality of entrants received this year and to be able to showcase this new and emerging talent that are at the forefront of circular thinking and helping to drive future innovation.

“I hope the success of these young people will also encourage others to get involved in the Resource Management Sector whether that’s in their personal life or as part of a career in this vital sector.”

Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive, SEPA, said: “If everyone lived as we do in Scotland, we would need three planets to sustain ourselves. Under our One Planet Prosperity strategy, SEPA is working every day to protect and enhance Scotland’s environment, helping communities and businesses thrive within the resources of our planet.

“It’s hugely encouraging that the young people nominated in these awards are supporting Scotland’s circular economy ambitions and building Scotland’s reputation for innovative approaches to resource efficiency and environmental sustainability.”

The shortlist for the Young People Award

Anton Puzorjov

Anton created One Cherry – an online marketplace for over 13,000 second-hand shops, such as charity shops. By allowing shops to start selling their items online 24/7 using a single smartphone, One Cherry increases the footfall, allows shops to reach a new audience, and ultimately raise more money for the good causes.

Kate Chambers

Kate is a CIWM member, a volunteer with the 2050 Climate Group and an environmental contributor to BBC The Social. For two years, she has worked with Vegware, an Edinburgh-based plant-based packaging company, and has been integral to the delivery of the Close the Loop composting service.

Scott Kennedy & Fergus Moore

Scott and Fergus founded Revive Eco. Revive’s operations involve providing a waste collection service, and a range of environmentally-friendly products derived from used coffee grounds. They are already recycling 250kg of coffee waste every week.

Saskia Goeres, Kevin O’Malley, Decio Emanuel, Nicole Ney: “The team behind ‘Sofa for Life’, an innovative sofa design within a circular service, extending the sofa’s lifetime and enabling reuse and recycling. They have been working to bring an idea from the first sketch to a fully working prototype and are now working to develop a business that can provide a more sustainable sofa to the market.”

Shortlist for the other categories

Best Food Waste Initiative

  • Belville Community Garden Trust
  • Dundee & Angus College
  • IntelliDigest Ltd
  • Letham Primary School Summer Lunch Club
  • Locavore CIC
  • Perth & Kinross Council

Best Circular Economy Initiative

  • B-Products
  • DellEMC Closed Loop Recycling of Plastics
  • garage2green
  • Lev-co blocks
  • Renewable Parts ltd – Refurbishment Centre
  • TreeGreen

Innovation Award

  • CuanTec Ltd
  • Glasgow City Council
  • Sofa for Life
  • TreeGreen

Best Partnership Initiative Award

  • garage2green
  • Leithers Don’t Litter/Gerry Farrell Ink and Changeworks
  • Love Your Gadgets’ – a consortium of Falkirk Council, LAMH Recycle, Re-tek, Valpak and XS Resources
  • Viridor and ELC ECO Challenge Competition

Further information is available on the Scottish Resources website here

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