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Audit Scotland’s performance indicators show that the recycling of household waste has increased from 6% in 2000/01 to 9.6% in 2002/03. By the year 2005/6 this growth is anticipated to rise to 25%.

To highlight this remarkable progress and build on last year’s hugely successful ‘Challenge of Change Conference’, Eventful Scotland is hosting the Scottish Waste Industry ‘Implementing Change’ Conference which will be held on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 October 2004 at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow.

Alan Wilson, The Deputy Minister for the Environment and Rural Development, will be a keynote speaker at the conference. He is expected to announce Scottish Executive plans to provide a total of £2 million to local authorities this financial year to enable them to carry out audits of their own waste and produce waste prevention action plans. He is also expected to announce the executive plan to provide local authorities with £0.5million to put towards the upgrade of recycling points and centres across the country.

Other speakers will provide an overview of the progress of the National Waste Plan and presentations covering a range of topics and structured workshops will be given by delegates from across the UK. The waste management industry, from local authorities and private sector organisations to the community and voluntary sectors will be represented.

The conference will address how the changes required by the National Waste Plan are being implemented. Themes will include: Strategic Partnerships, Strategic Environmental Assessment, medium to long term markets for recyclable materials and a debate focusing on the funding gap on waste treatment .

Professor Jim Baird of the Caledonian Shanks Centre said: “This is a prestigious event in the waste management calendar and is supported by all of the Eventful Scotland partner organisations. The conference tackles real issues facing the waste industry and local authorities in Scotland and highlights topics of relevance to the improvement of sustainable waste practices.”

An indoor exhibition will be held in conjunction with the conference featuring stands from waste management organisations, recycling and reprocessing companies, and suppliers to the industry. This will provide a ‘shop window’ promoting the latest technologies and services available in today’s market place.

The Scottish Waste Management Industry Dinner and Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday 5 October. Presentations will be made in recognition of outstanding contributions to the waste management industry in Scotland. Awards will be given to Shetland Islands Council, William Tracey Ltd, The GRAB Trust (who are based in Argyle and Bute) and Nicki Souter (from the Scottish Waste Awareness Group) respectively in the following categories:

  • Local Authority
  • Private Sector
  • Community/Voluntary Sector
  • Individual






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