2018 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.

See who our finalists are below. If you want to see these innovators and pioneers in person, book a place or table at the dinner and congratulate them face-to-face.

Young People Award

  • Anton Puzorjov (One Cherry)

    Anton created One Cherry – an online marketplace for second-hand shops, such as charity shops. One Cherry is an online marketplace for over 13,000 second-hand shops, such as charity shops, based in the UK. 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 & 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.

  • Revive Eco Co-founders – Scott Kennedy; Fergus Moore

    After graduating in 2015, Fergus Moore and Scott Kennedy founded Revive Eco Ltd. with a vision of maximising the impact they could have. Since then, they have built a nation-spanning business, creating benefits for stakeholders in a number of industries, all by the age of 25. Revive’s operations involve providing a waste collection service, and a range of environmentally-friendly products derived from used coffee grounds. They currently recycle this material to create a natural soil conditioner. They are also developing an innovative new process to extract natural chemicals from the grounds, which have a range of uses in various industries.

  • ‘Sofa for Life’ Team, Saskia Goeres, Kevin O’Malley, Decio Emanuel, Nicole Ney

    The ‘Sofa for Life’ team dreams of a world where waste is a concept of the past. To tackle global warming we have to start to redesign everything we own now. The ‘Sofa for Life’ is an innovative sofa design within a circular service, extending the sofa’s lifetime and enabling reuse and recycling. The user customizes the sofa online and continues to adapt the sofa to accommodate their change of style or life situation. It is portable, easily assembled and designed to be washed, maintained and repaired. It reduces the amount of waste going into landfill and helps the UK meet its waste reduction targets.

Best Food Waste Initiative

  • Belville Community Garden Trust

    Belville Community Garden has established a Friday pay as you feel lunch cafe using food waste from supermarkets. Called “Soup and a Blether”, cafe targets social isolation in an area of critical multiple deprivation. Volunteers help to make soup and rota of local residents serve up free soup, filled rolls and other dishes on Fridays. Average attendance 30 customers per session.

  • 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.

  • IntelliDigest Ltd

    Currently, businesses generating food waste pay for it to be collected by waste management companies and sent to large scale recycling which are unsustainable as there could be up to 70% loss in food waste prior to recycling. In addition, councils with large scale centralised recycling sign agreements to ensure consistent delivery of waste to the recycling plant for continuous operation to take place, the result is lack of drive to encourage businesses to reduce their food waste.
    In UK, by 2020, no biodegradable waste will be sent to landfill/drain thereby affecting the use of such food waste processors.

  • Letham Primary School Summer Lunch Club

    This Summer Letham Primary opened its doors every day during the summer holidays to offer a range of family activities alongside a free lunch. We were supported by a number of partner agencies to deliver activities and by Fairshare and Perth foodbank who helped us provide food for the lunch. We received funding from Perth & Kinross Council, Angels share scheme and through Cash for Kids which paid for four day trips.
    A number of our families face significant deprivation and are affected by poverty. Over 120 pupils currently receive free school meals. We know that many of our families struggle to ‘make ends meet’ on a weekly basis and the summer holidays bring additional financial strain.

  • Locavore CIC

    Locavore is a social enterprise that exists to help build a more sustainable food economies which are better for the environment, local communities and the economy. To do this we run a newly opened organic supermarket & cafe, deliver veg boxes across central Scotland and grow organic vegetables at three market garden in and around Glasgow.

  • Perth & Kinross Council

    Over 12 months, Perth & Kinross Council’s (PKC) Waste Services worked with NHS Tayside, Community Groups, Housing Associations and PKC’s Adult Education and Housing & Community Care (HCC) to deliver Sainsbury’s Waste Less, Save More Project.
    Of 72,079 households, 58,000 have a food waste recycling collection but the 2017 Waste Analysis shows each household produces 1.75kg of food waste – over 70% of which is avoidable.
    In early 2018, the Project expanded from Blairgowrie and Kinross-shire across all Perth and Kinross, delivering Zero Waste Kitchen Challenges, a Harvest Project, Food Waste Reduction Welcome Packs, Eco-Games and a 6-week Zero Waste Challenge.

Circular Economy Initiative

  • B-Products

    B-products are creating a niche new bioplastic, polylactic acid (PLA), utilising food waste by implementing circular economy principles. Our initial poultry packaging product will be both cost-effective and will aim to replace current traditional plastic packaging in food retail. Our design will use 25% less packaging than traditional plastic and be biodegradable. This will provide consumers freedom of choice and allow them to make more ethically and environmentally-friendly decisions when they purchase food retail products. B-Products have created unique packaging designs that are instantly recognisable from traditional plastic packaging giving us a distinct competitive advantage.

  • DellEMC Closed Loop Recycling of Plastics

    DellEMC has designed, developed and implemented a closed-loop recycled plastics supply chain.
    DellEMC has taken plastics from their used ICT products recovered through our European business-to-business enterprise takeback program and turned them back into new plastic parts (Bezels) for new products. To date 16,000 kgs of recycled plastics have been used in the manufacture of new products.
    The closed-loop plastics supply chain delivers a product made from recycled content that is nominally less expensive that virgin resin. This innovative initiative is a wonderful example of a brand holder delivering on the objectives of the circular economy.

  • garage2green

    Despite its close links with the environment, the golf industry has some way to go before it can be considered truly sustainable. New golf clubs are designed with little consideration to their ‘end of life’ management, incorporating complex composite materials and with new ranges driving early product redundancy. However, many clubs which sit unused (unwanted) for prolonged periods could help new players get into the game; they also embody resources that could be put to beneficial alternative uses. This prompted the piloting (in Scotland) of garage2green, the world’s first dedicated golf club take-back service.

  • Lev-co blocks

    Lev-co blocks – At Levenseat we make concrete blocks from Scotland’s street sweepings/gully waste.  We can recover high quantities of sand and aggregate form gully waste and transform them into ‘green concrete’ blocks reducing the need for virgin materials to be quarried and keeping the sand and aggregate (that could of potentially been lost) in use. We see the gully waste/street sweepings not as a waste stream but as a valuable resource.

  • 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.

  • EGG Lighting

    EGG lighting is a lighting manufacture & design company committed to guiding businesses towards a more sustainable future, through increasing energy and material efficiency.
    Our flagship design ‘the Stroma’ utilises a modular design, when combined with Haitz’ Law, provides continuous upgrade to more efficient technology.
    Lighting in buildings is set to form the backbone of a data network, light fittings are transforming into smart devices which can monitor and automate our environment.
    Applying these features provides fiscal incentives enabling ‘Lighting as a Service’. This solution has been developed in-line with the circular economy principles of modularisation, servitisation, and increased functionality.

Innovation Award

  • ASLEE – ENBIO

    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.

  • CuanTec Ltd

    The most urgent environmental challenge we face is finding a solution to the 8 million tonnes of plastic entering our oceans annually. CuanTec are working with seafood processers to develop an innovative answer to that very challenge, taking their waste langoustine shell and biologically converting it to a bio-plastic.
    Our bio-plastic not only diverts a waste from landfill, but puts it to good use as a natural, compostable material, ideal for packaging seafood. The natural anti-microbial properties of the crustacea chitosan, used to formulate this packaging, has the added bonus of increasing produce shelf-life, therefore further reducing food wastage.

  • Glasgow City Council

    Glasgow City Council has introduced a new method of managing bulk waste uplift requests.
    Through the development of a new app, frontline collection teams now receive requests, via mobile devices, in real time, allowing them to respond immediately to requests as they are received.
    Specifically, the app focuses on reducing waiting time for residents to have bulk waste collection requests processed, increase efficiency and to reduce manual administration intervention in the service.
    The project contributes to a wider project on the use of technology and information to make life in the city, safer, smarter and more sustainable.

  • Sofa for Life

    To tackle global warming we have to start to redesign everything we own now. The ‘Sofa for Life’ is an innovative sofa design within a circular service, extending the sofa’s lifetime and enabling reuse and recycling. The users customise the sofa online and continuously adapt the sofa to accommodate their change of style or life situation. It is portable, easily assembled, and is designed to be washed, maintained and repaired. It reduces the amount of waste going into landfill, helping Scotland meet its waste reduction targets. Its unique design is sustainable without compromising economic considerations, quality, or comfort.

  • EGG Lighting

    EGG lighting is a lighting manufacture & design company committed to guiding businesses towards a more sustainable future, through increasing energy and material efficiency.
    Our flagship design ‘the Stroma’ utilises a modular design, when combined with Haitz’ Law, provides continuous upgrade to more efficient technology.
    Lighting in buildings is set to form the backbone of a data network, light fittings are transforming into smart devices which can monitor and automate our environment.
    Applying these features provides fiscal incentives enabling ‘Lighting as a Service’. This solution has been developed in-line with the circular economy principles of modularisation, servitisation, and increased functionality.

Best Partnership Initiative Award

    • garage2green

      garage2green is believed to be the world’s first dedicated golf club take-back and reuse service. The scheme was launched in Scotland in Spring 2018, supported by the ZWS CEIF. From the outset, collaboration was identified as being critical to the scheme’s success. Turning the vision into reality required industry contacts, operational capabilities in Scotland, routes to market for materials and the skills to develop supporting infrastructure. Hence, a partnership comprising Circulogic (Circular Economy SME), Blythswood Care (Scottish social enterprise), Andrew Murray (professional golfer and BBC Radio 5 Live presenter) and Scottish Golf (governing body for golf in Scotland) was formed.

    • Leithers Don’t Litter/Gerry Farrell Ink and Changeworks

      Flytipping has become endemic in Leith. As part of their plan to make Leith a Zero Waste Town, Changeworks teamed up with advertising agency Gerry Farrell Ink, the brains behind anti-litter group Leithers Don’t Litter, to pilot an anti-flytipping campaign in Leith’s most notorious flytipping hotspot. To engage with Leithers, they coined a new word ‘Flyspotting’ and built a campaign that played on the iconic ‘Trainspotting’ films set in Leith. Locals demonstrated significant levels of engagement and real behaviour change. The campaign reduced flytipping by 47%, and 85% of respondents felt their community was now better equipped to tackle flytipping.

    • ‘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:

      1. Increase ICT collections in Falkirk Council’s two Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC), Roughmute and Kinneil Kerse.
      2. Provide materials for an Education Centre to raise general awareness of how to responsibly dispose of WEEE.
      3. Delivery school and community workshops on options for reuse for electronic equipment.
      4. Collect functional Small Domestic Appliances (SDAs) to distribute to charity groups in the community.

 

  • Viridor and ELC ECO Challenge Competition

    To celebrate 2018 being the ‘Year of Young People’ and Viridor reaching one million safe working hours during construction of their Energy recovery facility at Dunbar, Viridor, East Lothian Council Waste Services and the regional high schools collaborated in devising a School Eco-challenge. The brief was for each school to design and present a project relating to sustainability and environmental improvement within East Lothian which could be new, complementary to existing practices or demonstrate added value to find solutions for existing sustainability and environmental issues. Viridor provided support for project costs, professional advice and an award for the winners.