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.

Previous Winners

2018 Winners
‘Love Your Gadgets’ – a consortium of Falkirk Council, LAMH Recycle, Re-tek, Valpak and XS Resources

With funding supplied by DEFRA’s WEEE Local Project Fund, a consortium comprising of Falkirk Council (Local Authority), Valpak (Provider of Environmental Compliance), Re-tek (ICT Reuse), XS Resources (Third sector organisation) LAMH Recycle (Supported organisation) was set up to increase ICT collections, Provide materials for an Education Centre to raise general awareness of how to responsibly dispose of WEEE, deliver school and community workshops on options for reuse for electronic equipment and collect functional Small Domestic Appliances (SDAs) to distribute to charity groups in the community.
Dundee & Angus College

The management and reduction of waste is a major environmental issue, and this is increasingly evident in respect of food waste and the proliferation of plastics associated with food production and consumption.

Through the development of a clear sustainability strategy and a focus on engaging students and staff, Dundee and Angus College has tackled these issues and delivered a sustainable approach to food waste.

This has achieved through the buy-in of students of staff on the back of a planned sustainability strategy and an on-going focus on the importance of the sustainability message.
Kate Chambers

Kate is a CIWM member, a volunteer with the 2050 Climate Group & an environmental contributor to BBC The Social. She has worked with Vegware for two years, an Edinburgh-based plant-based packaging company & has worked tirelessly to ensure that more compostable materials are sent to the correct treatment facilities. She was integral to the delivery of Close the Loop: a circular economy initiative in action! This service guarantees that compostable packaging is collected with food waste and processed through in-vessel composting. With the global plastics crisis mounting, Kate is driven to find workable solutions and continues this mission as a consultant for Resource Futures.

The innovative Energy and the Bioeconomy (ENBIO) project combines renewable energy and algal manufacturing in a unique and novel collaboration to boost the local economy and overcome grid constraints. Photobioreactors (PBRs) have been developed that use innovative LED technology to produce microalgae. The cultivation systems are highly flexible and available in several sizes for different applications, from research lab work to industrial production. The outcome is a smart approach integrating useful variable loads with local renewable energy generation. ENBIO is a partnership project conceived by ALIenergy and Xanthella, to address multiple issues affecting rural Scotland.
Iain Gulland

Iain is Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland and previously led its predecessor programme, WRAP Scotland. Zero Waste Scotland leads on the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy strategy and other low carbon policy priorities, and is at the forefront of efforts to create a resource efficient, circular economy.

Iain has more than 25 years’ experience in sustainable resource management, including initiating recycling systems in the public and third sectors. He is the current President of the Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) and he is a member of a number of Scottish Government strategic groups.
Renewable Parts ltd – Refurbishment Centre

Renewable Parts Ltd. (RPL) has established itself as the leading independent supplier of parts for the UK’s wind turbine industry. Offering specialised inventory logistics and repair management services, the business is uniquely poised to provide customers with non OEM backed aftermarket solutions which boost turbine availability and reduce cost of ownership.

Customers’ pursuit of lower through life costs will inevitably lead them to working with businesses who can innovate to create cost savings. RPL seek to be at the forefront of developing refurbishment engineering where the greatest efficiencies can be gained and parts re-circulated.