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Call for re-use and remanufacturing sector to help shape future environmental regulation

Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) are holding a workshop (on Thursday the 5th of March 2015) to explore the challenges and opportunities presented by the current regulation of re-use and remanufacturing activities, and to discuss potential changes to these regulations.

6 Feb 15

The workshop is open to anyone who is affected by environmental regulations relating to re-use or remanufacturing in Scotland, including third sector organisations, local authorities, remanufacturers, retailers offering take-back schemes, and waste management companies.

Following the workshops, outcomes will be used to help inform and shape the future regulation of re-use activities.

The workshop will take place on Thursday the 5th of March 2015 at The Golden Lion in Stirling.

Adrian Bond, Unit Manager, SEPA said:

"Reuse and remanufacturing activities have environmental benefits, and an important role to play in a circular economy.

“We hope to see as many people as possible at this workshop, who are working in sectors relating to reuse or remanufacturing in Scotland, as this will help us to gather evidence and ensure the environmental regulation of these activities is appropriate.”

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“Evidence shows that re-use can have far-reaching benefits – including retaining the value of products in our economy, reducing carbon emissions and our impact on the environment, and providing employment and training opportunities.

“However we also have anecdotal evidence that regulation can be perceived as a barrier to growing re-use and remanufacturing, and as part of wider programme of work Zero Waste Scotland is currently undertaking to increase re-use activity in Scotland, we’re keen to speak to anyone affected by regulation.

“I would urge anyone who is, or is likely to be, affected by regulations relating to re-use or remanufacturing activities to attend this workshop and make sure they take this opportunity to help shape future regulations.”

Representative of CIWN said:

“The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) is keen to show support to the re-use sector and help professionals to understand the need for robust regulation. Through constructive dialogue with the right people at the right time, re-use organisations can realise the huge potential of the resource chain.”

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