2019 was a great year for innovation and excellence within Scotland and the sustainability and resource sector as a whole. These awards recognise best practice within the Scottish waste and recycling sector and the prestigious awards dinner is dedicated to recognising the exceptional achievements of organisations and individuals striving for a zero waste society.
|Young People Award - Yanik Nyberg
Seawater Solutions is an agri-environmental start-up that turns degraded farmland on the coast into wetland ecosystems, where food is grown using seawater.
The global team of environmental engineers and marine biologists developed this new method of farming in response to climate change and the loss of biodiversity, and this approach can effectively capture huge quantities of carbon, restore the health of land and the environment, while producing healthy food without freshwater.
|Best Food Waste Initiative - FareShare Scotland
As part of the UK’s largest redistribution charity, FareShare Scotland works with food manufacturers, providers, hauliers and retailers to redistribute surplus food waste to charities and community groups that provide meals to vulnerable people across the UK.
From April 1 2018 to 31 March 2019 FareShare Scotland redistributed nearly 2,000 tonnes of surplus food to over 550 charities and community groups across Scotland. Redistributing a record tonnage to a record amount of charity members, FareShare Scotland works directly with Scottish partners in the food and logistics industry to reach as many people as possible, with 2019 being their most impactful year to date.
|Best Circular Economy Initiative - EGG Lighting
The Scottish Government’s publication ‘Making things last’ sets the agenda that businesses must retain the value in the products and materials that flow through their operations. EGG lighting will discuss how our servitisation model supports the circular economy agenda. We believe that the ultimate responsibility for product maintenance should be with the manufacturers, who afterall, are in the best position to extend their product lifespans.
We have paired our product offering with a service model and smart services that empower our customers. Building a culture of transparency key to consumer confidence, and a successful circular business model.
|Innovation Award - Kenoteq
Kenoteq has developed the most innovative and sustainable brick that the construction industry has seen since the advent of the brick many thousands of year ago. Upon successful research and development from Heriot-Watt University, the spin-out Kenoteq will take this brick to market, responding to many critical social issues. 2.4 BILLION Bricks were required in the UK in 2018, with a 200 million domestic brick capacity shortfall, the UK must import bricks from Belgium, Holland, Germany and even as far afield as Ukraine.
|Best Communications and Campaign - Keep Scotland Beautiful
In response to significant public concern around marine pollution and marine plastics, in October 2018, we launched Upstream Battle. This major anti-litter social innovation campaign is the first multi-stakeholder of its kind in the UK to tackle the source to sea issue.
Focusing on the river Clyde and its 25 tributaries, including the rivers Kelvin, Calder, Leven, Avon and White/Black Cart, the campaign brings together the public, private and third sectors with communities in a positive, collaborative partnership. The target audience for the campaign is the 1.8 million people living in the Clyde Valley – home to 35% of Scotland’s population – who have been exposed to marine plastics and marine pollution.
|Outstanding Contribution Award - Ken McLean
Ken has worked in the waste and resources industry for over 20 years and is an influential part of the team that introduced the highly effective and innovative Changeworks Recycling, at a time where most waste management companies offered ‘one bin for everything’.
Involved in a number of sector fora, Ken has helped to influence significant changes in the Scottish resources industry including the Waste (Scotland) Regulations and the CIWM Scotland Centre Business Waste Group.
Changeworks were one of the first companies to become certified to Scotland’s Resource Sector Commitment and Ken was involved in the early work to design an industry commitment allowing commercial operators to demonstrate commitment to delivering high-quality resource management services.