Past event

St Andrews Local Net Zero Network: Waste Workshop

The Scottish Government has several ambitious targets for reducing waste and increasing recycling. By 2025, Scotland aims to:

  • reduce total waste arising in Scotland by 15% against 2011 levels
  • reduce food waste by 33% against 2013 levels
  • recycle 70% of remaining waste
  • send no more than 5% of remaining waste to landfill.

You are invited to join this workshop to address the opportunities and barriers held locally when considering waste and the circular economy.

Facilitated by Daphne Biliouri-Grant, Chair of Tourism St Andrews, in this session we will hear from Daphne, Jane Kell, Manager of St Andrews Environmental Network, Arlette Anderson, Director of Sustainable Golf, R&A, and University Sustainability Manager, Alexander Clark.

Following the presentations, there will be an opportunity for questions as well as a further discussion on collaborative approaches.

To aid this discussion, participants are asked to consider the following questions in relation to their organisation:

  1. What are the major issues or barriers your organisation faces regarding waste/circular economy?
  2. What collaborative opportunities would you like to explore?
  3. What is your vision on waste/circular economy for 2035 in St Andrews/Fife?

In 2021, the University of St Andrews looked to establish a Local Net Zero Network, a group of key local stakeholders who could come together enable participants to share knowledge and experience on environmental sustainability, ensure participants stay on top of the local sustainability landscape, and to offer opportunities to work together to create a collaborative approach to environmental activities.

The first meeting took place on 26 May 2021, with participants including representatives from the business and tourism sectors, the local authority, a number of local hotels as well as Scottish and UK  Parliamentary members.

There were a number of shared topics that the group considered to be worthy of further discussion: local sequestration of carbon, waste, transport and parking, strategies for behavioural change and training, local amenities and infrastructure and procurement.

Activities regarding the local sequestration of carbon have been progressed and we are now looking to move forward on waste discussions.

We hope you will join us for what will sure to be an informative and action-focused session. Please share this event across your networks and with your colleagues.