Zero Waste Scotland: Re-Use Event

Could your staff/community/students reduce waste, help the environment and save money? Come along to hear about Zero Waste Scotland's initatives to help get your community engaged and taking action to reduce waste.  

Our stakeholder events will give you the latest news on all our consumer campaigns covering re-use, recycling, food waste, deposit return and litter.

The event will primarily focus on Pass it on Week – our annual week celebrating all things re-use (swapping, borrowing, renting, second hand, donating and repairing). Pass it on Week will be held from 7-15 March 2020 and we’d encourage you all to get involved with promoting re-use whether it be by sharing our messages on social media, putting up posters or holding events such as swap shops, donation drives, table top sales or repair cafes.

The theme for 2020 will be “The Great Toy Rescue”, so we’re particularly interested to see anything that reduces the huge amount of toys wasted (but your events/promotions don’t have to be toy-related if that doesn’t suit your audience – we change the theme each year to encourage new interest in the campaign).

To find out more, there are two options;

  • Tuesday 28th January 2020 – Stirling – from 10am-3pm.
  • Friday 31st January 2020 – Webinar – from 10am-11am (a condensed version of Tuesday’s event).

Registration essential to secure your place.  Please book by following the links on the events above.

For more information on Pass it on Week, see and follow us on social media Twitter @ZeroWasteScot and Facebook and

Pass it on Week is part of Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme, which will invest £73m in circular economy and resource efficiency projects, thanks to support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Catax: Optimising Opportunities in your Sector

Catax and SimPRO welcome you along to WEST Brewery on 18th February to enjoy a morning filled with knowledge and insight into how you can maximise growth opportunities that may be sitting on your doorstep.

The event will consist of a variety of speakers (below) as well as an interactive workshop finishing off with some networking over lunch.

If you are involved in the architect, construction, land development, asbestos, contaminated land or commercial property industries or similar, we'd love for you to come along and meet the team and benefit from the topics discussed.

For more information and to register, visit the Eventbrite booking page here


9-9.30am - Registration (tea, coffee and pastries/biscuits)

9.30-10am - Catax (Karen McFadden)

Catax will be touching upon areas of tax relief which may be applicable to you. These areas will cover:

  • Research & Development
  • Capital Allowances
  • Patent Box
  • Remediation of Contaminated Land

Catax have a number of clients in the construction, land development, commercial property and architect fields

10-10.15am - GUP Consulting (George Paschke)

George is an associate partner of Catax and offers Environmental and Business Improving Consultation work. He has assisted clients such as Aecom, ERS, Sweco, Arcaidas, VHE and many more.

He has 25+ years in the contaminated land sector and acts as a Technical expert in collaboration with Catax.

George will offer advice on projects he has worked on in the past/currently and how he has helped his clients get to where they are today.

10.15-10.30am - John Gilbert Architects (Matt Bridgestock)

John Gilbert Architects are a successful client of Catax. They will share with you innovative ways in how they have pushed boundaries in their field, challenges they have faced and how they plan to combat industry challenges to date.

10.30-10.45am - Break

10.45-11.15am - Catax Workshop (Natalie Brown)

Natalie Brown will be taking you through an interactive workshop to help you understand if what you have learned in session 1 will be off value to you or your company.This workshop is designed to get you thinking about your projects from different angles to help you uncover hidden tax benefit.

11.15-11.40am - SimPRO (Stephanie Divers)

SimPRO is a private SaaS company that provides cloud-based job and project management software to those in field service and trade contracting industries.

Mat will be giving you an insight into how this software can help you overcome selective industry challenges.

11.40-12pm - Zero Waste Scotland (Clive Bowman)

Clive will be giving you an update on the Circular Economy aspect of construction/architectural world etc. He will be giving you an insight into where ZWS can be of crucial benefit to your current and future projects.

12-1pm - Lunch and networking (a selection of sandwiches and soups will be served)

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Ajenta and SWAN Present Best Practice in Digital Collaboration

Scotland’s Digital Strategy was designed to extend connectivity, promote the digital economy, digitise public services and promote digital participation across the country. The Scottish Government has also recognised that the public sector plays an important role in decarbonising Scotland. So, how can the collaboration between SWAN and Ajenta help Scotland reach these goals?

Let Ajenta and SWAN customers talk you through a journey on how the services provided by SWAN and Ajenta have helped their organisations reduce business travel and their associated carbon footprint by adopting technology to manage remote teams across the business. Also hear how technology is being used across education services to increase and enhance equity as well as provide efficient professional development.

The SWAN team will be available to discuss the unique advantages of joining their network and will share the benefits of their value-added services. The Ajenta team will be on hand to provide live demonstrations of their video collaboration tool, Vscene. A secure, high quality and cost effective solution used by many organisations across public sector, education, research and NHS across the UK and Europe.

Refreshments will be provided on the day. Please advise of any dietary requirements to

Please note – This event is open to those who work within Education, Research or the Public Sector including Central and Local Government, NHS as well as NDPB’s in Scotland.

View information and book on Eventbrite here

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Integrative placemaking – addressing the ‘silos’ with collaborative approaches

The places we live and work in are formed by an amalgam of policies, designs and decisions over time. Yet so many of the statutory, policy and behavioural systems pull in competing directions.

‘Working in silos’ has become one of the explanations for failed places at different scales. These can be competing or conflicting professional disciplines or authorities, client departments or organisations. Lack of collaboration or information sharing, lack of a shared vision or sense of purpose, or basic professional jealously can lead to dysfunctional, if not disastrous, outcomes for places and communities.

How might we better align legislation, policies, design guidance, but also technical practice and decision-making to ensure better place outcomes within more sustainable development in a healthy planet. Can we reconcile the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with national and local level programmes at city, town, and neighbourhood scale?

This collaborative learning event marks the growth of The Academy of Urbanism in Scotland with a keynote event organised jointly with the University of Dundee, Urban Design Group, Architecture and Design Scotland.

The objective of this event is to explore how we can move towards a more integrated approach in the planning, design, engineering and management of towns and cities by informing, exploring and challenging silo mindsets & behaviours to better connect operational outputs with high-level objectives.

  • How can policy and decision-makers work in a more holistic manner?
  • How can policy and technical standards be drawn up so that they do not conflict?
  • How can decision-making by different sectors of government be made consistent in pursuing desired outcomes?
  • Can local authorities be encouraged to align more effectively with national and international objectives?
  • What funding systems are needed to encourage better design and liveability?
  • How can planning, design and development decisions help to improve human wellbeing and planetary health?

This inter-disciplinary symposium will take place on 28 February 2020 at Dundee University. It will consider ways in which to improve collaboration in the planning, design, engineering, management and operation of our towns and cities. It will include lessons from within Scotland and also internationally.

The event coincides with cross-cutting updates to key guidance in the UK / Scotland including:

  1. The Place Principle
  2. Glasgow Place Commission
  3. Regional Spatial Strategy introduction
  4. New types of BID in Scotland
  5. RTPI research into Monitoring Outcomes of Planning

This event is devised for a broad audience of built environment decision-makers, including professional planners, architects and urban designers, landscape architects, highway and traffic engineers, regeneration, health, housing, town centre managers, consultants, retailers, public art and cultural practitioners.

The event will provide a leading forum for those concerned with the creation and development of a healthier planet, lively cities and towns, and happy citizens. It will consider contemporary thinking and innovative approaches to the design, operation and management of cities and towns. From experience, we anticipate the delegate participation to be drawn from across the UK and EU.

University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building,
Old Hawkhill,


Tickets are available to purchase at the University of Dundee via the button below.

Early Bird: £50.00 / £75.00 after the 14th February
Students/Young Urbanists/Young Planners: £30

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Source: Academy of Urbanism

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Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres Meeting: Vacant Spaces Made Good

Join STP and town stakeholders for the next meeting of the CPG on Towns and Town Centres Wednesday, 4 March 2019*. 

In this session we will hear from expert speakers about a range of programmes and initiatives to support the re-development and re-purposing of vacant spaces in towns and city districts. There will also be time for networking with those involved in supporting towns from across sectors. 

Please see agenda and RSVP your place below.

Tea, coffee and shortbread provided.

*Note - this meeting was postponed from the original date of 11th December 2019, in relation to the scheduling of the UK General Election. 


17:30            Meet in Parliament reception area

18:00            Coffee, tea and shortbread available

18:10            Welcome and Opening Remarks - Gillian Martin MSP, CPG Deputy Convener

18:15            Minutes of the Meeting of the Cross Party Group held 4th September 2019. Matters Arising from the Minutes

Towns: Vacant Spaces Made Good

18:20            Introduction

                     Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

18:30            Can Do Places and Spaces
Iain Scott, Director, Can Do Places (invited)

18:40            Building and repurposing spaces for a Community ‘Hub’ in Dalkeith
                      Tom Donaldson, One Dalkeith

18:50            The Melting Pot’s Coworking Accelerator Program

                      Claire Carpenter, The Melting Pot

19:00            Discussion

19:25            Any Other Competent Business

19:30            Close of Meeting


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Pass it on Week, 7-15 March 2020
Pass it on Week is Scotland's annual celebration of re-use - whether it's swapping, donating, sharing or repairing to help make things last!  The next Pass it on Week will be held from 7-15 March 2020 and the theme will be "The Great Toy Rescue"
In 2019 we had over 500 events registered around Scotland so thank you to everyone who got involved.  Let's see if we can beat that in 2020.  We will shortly be updating our ideas guide and resources to help you get involved in Pass it on Week 2020.
In the meantime, re-use and repair are for life - not just for Pass it on Week, so the Pass it on Week resources will continue to be available on this site, so please do use them if they can help you in your work/campaigning.  Our guide to decluttering your home may be of particular use and is relevant all year round.
Read more about what's on and how to get involved at Recycle for Scotland
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