Just last week, Nicola Sturgeon announced that Scotland will be developing a deposit return scheme for used drinks cans and bottles, with the help of Zero Waste Scotland, hoping to increase recycling rates and reduce littering. The scheme is one of a number of measures aimed at tackling climate change whilst also preparing Scotland for the new, low carbon world. Others include increasing spending on business research and development, delivering free wi-fi throughout major town and city centres across Scotland, and phasing out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032.
Our view on Scotland
It’s coming up to a year since Resource Futures successfully launched its office in Scotland and just like these forward-thinking plans the work we are doing north of the border is pushing the boundaries to help Scottish organisations to change their practices to improve their resilience and profitability through better resource efficiency. Whether that is:
All of these activities have a role to play in terms of changing real behaviours on the ground – from large corporates, to SMEs in construction or hospitality, to third sector partners with a focus on the top of the waste hierarchy. With last week’s announcement from the Scottish Government there continues to be a strong focus on circular economy thinking and carbon reduction in Scotland and this looks set to continue with the collaborative approach being taken around the circular economy bill, due later in this parliament.
Our responsibility to spread positive action
Following a brisk first year, we’ve already added to our team on the ground in Scotland, with Consultant Oliver Wright joining us with experience of projects related to waste reduction, reuse and recycling, business and staff engagement, sustainable food and community engagement. Not only will we continue to grow as we need to so that we can support clients on the ground, we will also share the positive Scottish ambition with our customers around the UK and further afield. In this way, we hope to assist others to learn from the positive initiatives taking place in Scotland and apply that common sense and foresight elsewhere. As an industry, we believe that we should all be committed to spreading the right messages and learnings around using resources sustainably as far and wide as we can.