Circular Economy Award Winners 2022

Posted Monday 28 Mar 2022 21:45 PM

CeeD’s Annual Industry Awards took place in late February with over 600 people gathering to celebrate the best in Scottish engineering. After being shortlisted in January we were delighted to hear our names announced as winners of the Circular Economy award.

Since attending the event we are pleased to say we have joined CeeD Scotland and are looking forward to making the most of the opportunities to network and learn from engineering businesses across Scotland.

Outstanding Achievement Finalists!

Posted Sunday 30 Jan 2022 17:05 PM

We were delighted to win a VIBES Good Practice award and be shortlisted to receive the Outstanding Achievement award. This month we were grateful to receive detailed feedback on our application. Just another aspect of the VIBES Awards which cements it's rigour and authenticity as a top environmental award. What the Judges said..."WEEE Scotland’s community engagement is exemplary and inclusive. Your base in Govan is a centre for innovation and enables the local community to engage,understand and become pragmatically engaged in the circular economy ethos, and is a demonstration of Just transition in this field.""Innovation is a key driver, and this is exemplified by the unique software platform WEEE Scotland has developed which tracks and identifies the repairability and typical failure modes of their client assets. This is based on unique in-house knowledge and expertise developed through delivery."

Dragons Den

Posted Sunday 30 Jan 2022 17:01 PM

As a member of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, WEEE Scotland was invited to meet former Dragons' Den Investor and Entrepreneur, Piers Linney, who has been travelling the length and breadth of the UK promoting his venture to support small businesses, Moblox. His Pitch to Piers competition is offering small businesses the chance to win a £10k prize! Managing Director, Gerry, spent some time pitching our growing business to Piers and the pair talked about the many opportunities to improve sustainability in the tech industry.

NMIS NetZero Conference

Posted Sunday 30 Jan 2022 16:59 PM

During the first week of COP26 we exhibited at the 'Manufacturing a Net-Zero Future' conference run by the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS). It was an extremely busy day and we had sore throats after all the discussions at our exhibition stand! WEEE Scotland's Business Development Director, Lyndsay Stewart said:"The event was well attended and we enjoyed speaking with delegates and fellow exhibitors about our role in helping our customers to adopt a circular business model. The people we spoke to particularly loved hearing about our work with Costa Express and our service for remanufacturing components of the Express coffee machines- I suppose it is an easy concept to take on for all the coffee lovers out there!"

Terra Carta Event at COP26

Posted Sunday 30 Jan 2022 16:57 PM

We were delighted to be invited to the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery on Thursday to hear more about the Terra Carta initiative launched this year by HRH The Prince of Wales. The Terra Carta aims to reunite people and planet, by giving fundamental rights and value to Nature,ensuring a lasting impact and tangible legacy for this generation. Our Managing Director, Gerry Docherty, was lucky enough to spend some time with HRH discussing the circular economy and shared what we are doing at WEEE Scotland. HRH The Prince of Wales praised Scottish engineering and innovation and congratulated Gerry on the work WEEE Scotland has been doing with Costa Express, remanufacturing and repairing their coffee vending machines

COP26 Glasgow

Posted Sunday 30 Jan 2022 16:55 PM

With our own company mission centered around using innovation to reduce the impact of waste electrical and electronic equipment on the planet, the team at WEEE Scotland felt excited and inspired at the thought of COP26 coming to Glasgow; and the summit did not disappoint.Glasgow came alive with delegates and activists and we had the opportunity to attend a number of events throughout COP which provided the perfect opportunity to share our story with like minded businesses, as well as creating a fantastic opportunity for networking.The various events we attended also formed a great platform for sharing of ideas, and new ways of thinking,which will help businesses to drive down carbon emissions.

'WEEE' Won!

Posted Sunday 30 Jan 2022 16:53 PM

In late October we attended the glittering GBA's, organised by the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and hosted by comedian Fred McAuley. For many attending it was the first event anyone had been to for sometime and the WEEE Scotland team had a great night celebrating being shortlisted alongside some of Glasgow's best businesses.There was a strong focus on looking ahead to the arrival of COP26 to Glasgow and the speakers praised businesses for demonstrating great resilience throughout the pandemic. This excellent event was made even better when WEEE Scotland was announced as winner of the 'Innovation in Business' Award. And there is no doubt that if there was an award for 'biggest cheer' we would have won that too!Managing Director, Gerry Docherty said:“It has been a fantastic year for WEEE Scotland, despite so much uncertainty,and winning this award has given the whole team a great boost. Being based in Glasgow, and with COP26 taking place in November, it is a great time to reflect on the progress the business has made so far and to set ambitious goals for the future.”

WEEE Scotland Win VIBES Best Practice Award

Posted Sunday 30 Jan 2022 16:51 PM

The VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards reward and recognise organisations that have demonstrated significant business benefits from good environmental practice. In the year that COP26 is coming to Glasgow, the 2021 Awards also celebrate the actions and achievements of businesses towards reaching net-zero carbon emissions. At WEEE Scotland we were absolutely delighted to learn that we have been awarded a VIBES 2021 Good Practice Award. From the 35 Good Practice Awards handed out across Scotland we are also one of 13 finalists going forward to be considered for an Outstanding Achievement Award. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Kickstart Scheme

Posted Sunday 30 Jan 2022 16:48 PM

Asa member of the British Association for Supported Employment we are committed to creating meaningful job opportunities for disadvantaged groups. Thismonth we are delighted to have taken on three new members of the team via the Kickstart Scheme which supports young people aged 16-24 with a pathway into employment with 6 month work placements. Here is what Kickstart team member Lee Gilmour says about completing his placement at WEEE Scotland:


Glasgow Business Awards 2021

Posted Sunday 30 Jan 2022 16:41 PM

We are delighted to announce that WEEE Scotland has been short-listed as a finalist in the 2021 Glasgow Business Awards in three categories. As a growing business, dedicated to reducing the impact of WEEE on the environment, it is fantastic to be recognised as finalists for‘Best Performing Small-Medium Business;Innovation in Business; and Sustainable Development. The category winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.

Household Ewaste Collection on International Ewaste Day

Posted Thursday 10 Oct 2019 16:11 PM

Monday 14th October marks the second International E-waste Day. Introduced last year by WEEE Forum – an International Association of Electronic Waste Producer Responsibility Organisations – the International E-waste day seeks to bring attention to the vast amounts of electrical and electronic equipment going to waste.

Even though 66% of the world’s population is covered by e-waste legislation, only one-fifth of e-waste generated worldwide is recycled. That leaves 40 million tonnes of e-waste going to landfill or being treated in sub-standard ways. This may lead to environmental issues, including such hazards as air, water and land contamination. This may further contaminate the food chain, posing serious health risks to the local communities.

To play our part in reducing waste, we are opening our doors to the general public on Monday 14th October. We will be accepting no longer wanted household electronics for recycling at our facility. All equipment collected on the date will processed in line with all relevant Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment legislation and best practice guidelines. This means that we will do everything in our power prevent your devices form entering landfill. We will put your equipment through our value chain to ensure that it retains a high-value state. This ensures that the materials are kept circulating in the economy for longer, reducing the need for raw material extraction.

We will be accepting household e-waste drop-offs between 9:00-15:00 on Monday 14th October. You can find us at 249 Govan Road, G51 1HJ Glasgow. Please note the offer is not valid for CRT monitors, refrigerators and fluorescent light tubes. If you wish to dispose of any such equipment, please get in touch with your local council.

More information about the event can be found here.

WEEE Scotland case study featured on Circular Glasgow

Posted Monday 16 Sep 2019 11:47 AM

We are delighted to share that Circular Glasgow have published a case study about WEEE Scotland. The case study briefly outlines our mission to eliminate e-waste by adopting the principles of circular economy. You can read it here.

Circular Glasgow is an initiative of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, supported by Zero Waste Scotland, Glasgow City Council, Circle Economy and the University of Strathclyde. Its purpose is to build the city’s circular network by connecting Glasgow-based companies and helping them adopt circular strategies.

The initiative aims to inspire businesses to innovate and improve their financial standing as a result of this transformation. Circular Glasgow advocates transition to circular economy as a way to replace the current ‘take, make, dispose’ linear economy mentality, leading to sustainable outcomes.

Circular Glasgow work towards their mission by raising awareness through events, networking and workshops. The next event on their agenda is the Circular Glasgow Network Launch event in October. More information about this event can be found here.

WEEE Scotland shortlisted in Scottish Resources Awards

Posted Tuesday 10 Sep 2019 11:35 AM

Great news again – WEEE Scotland were shortlisted for the Best Circular Economy Initiative Award at Scottish Resources Awards. The purpose of the awards is to recognise public, private and third sector organisations for their involvement and innovation within resource management.

The awards ceremony is a result of a collaboration between Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, Zero Waste Scotland and Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

The applicants will compete in six categories: Best Circular Economy Initiative Award, Best Food Waste Initiative Award, Innovation Award, Young People Award, Outstanding Contribution Award, and Best Communications and Campaign Award.

The event is set to take place on Wednesday 2nd October at Perth Concert Hall. The awards ceremony is be held on the second day of the Scottish Resources Conference 2019.

Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland, Iain Gulland, said: “Scotland is leading the way globally in progress towards a circular economy. The Scottish Resources Conference is the place where lots of the ideas that have led to that progress were developed.

“The resource management sector is vital in realising our ambitions and the programme this year covering policy and innovation across key materials and sectors make the event unmissable.”

Zero Waste Week 2019

Posted Tuesday 03 Sep 2019 12:26 PM

The first week of September marks the twelfth annual Zero Waste Week. During this week, people across the United Kingdom and the rest of the world are being invited to rethink their daily habits to address the issue of growing waste and the challenges it poses in the face of climate change.

The purpose of the Zero Waste Week is to encourage householders, businesses and community groups to increase recycling, reduce non-recyclable landfill waste and participate in the circular economy. Cutting down waste generation and transforming our economy from the current linear ‘take, make, dispose’ model to a circular model is one of the many ways to combat the climate change and prevent its detrimental impact on our environment. Currently, only 48% of waste is recycled or otherwise recovered, with 24% of waste sent to landfill where it can contribute to polluting soil, water and air.

In the official press release Rachelle Strauss, the founder of Zero Waste Week, said: "It’s clear that the Great British Public has a growing concern about the effects of climate change. That’s why I’m delighted to announce that the aim of this year’s campaign is to illustrate how a Zero Waste lifestyle is one of the easiest ways to tackle climate change within your home and business.

“It’s vital that businesses, governments and citizens come together in a bid to call time on the ticking time bomb of climate change. By making Zero Waste Week accessible to all, we can make a huge difference and I look forward to building on the success of previous campaigns.”

This year, the theme of the Zero Waste Week is Reforming Global Warming. The organisers seek to raise awareness about the simple steps we all can take to limit our environmental impact. The newest updates from the Zero Waste Week camp can be found here.

WEEE Scotland shortlisted in Glasgow Business Awards 2019

Posted Friday 30 Aug 2019 12:07 PM

We are thrilled to share some more great news with you. We were shortlisted in three categories in Glasgow Business Awards 2019! In this year’s ceremony, we will compete as a finalist for the Green Champion, Innovation in Business and Sustainable Development awards.

Organised by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland, the awards will bring the most innovative, sustainable and inspiring businesses into one room. They will go head to head across 13 categories seeking city-wide recognition of their hard work.

This year’s ceremony is sponsored by an extensive list of partners including Royal Bank of Scotland, Circular Glasgow, and Glasgow City Council just to name a few.

To encourage collaboration and networking, Royal Bank of Scotland is holding a drinks reception three weeks ahead of the awards ceremony. Held on Tuesday 10th September, the reception invites all Glasgow Business Awards finalists to meet each other and make some meaningful connections.

“It is a great pleasure to be among the finalists. Glasgow Business Awards is one of the most anticipated business events of the year”, said WEEE Scotland’s Business Development Director Lyndsay Stewart. “We are very pleased to be shortlisted in three different categories. This is a great encouragement for us to keep up the good work”.

This year will mark the 22nd anniversary of Glasgow Business Awards. The ceremony will take place on Thursday 3rd October in Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Glasgow. The event will be hosted by a returning host Fred MacAulay.

WEEE Scotland shortlisted as finalist in Inspiring City Awards 2019

Posted Tuesday 27 Aug 2019 15:10 PM

We are absolutely delighted to announce that WEEE Scotland were shortlisted among the finalists in Inspiring City Awards 2019. We will be competing against other organisations in two categories for the Environmental Award and the Innovation in Business Award.

Hosted by The Herald and Glasgow City Council, the awards will celebrate the contribution of local people and businesses to the cultural and economic climate of Glasgow. Numerous charities, individual citizens and businesses will compete in thirteen categories to be recognised as key contributors to the life of the city.

This year’s awards boast an impressive list of judges from the industry and the third sector: Donald Martin, Laura Birrell, Richard Muir, Dr Margaret McGuire, David Maxxwell, Evelyn Walker and Carole-Ann McCann.

Inspiring City Awards 2019 are sponsored by Cala Homes (West), Developing Young Workforce Glasgow, Glasgow Airport, Glasgow Caledonian University School for Business and Society, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Volunteer Glasgow, Arnold Clark, Colab, BIG Partnership, and City of Glasgow College.

The winners will be announced during the prestigious award ceremony on Thursday 5th September at the Crowne Plaza Glasgow. Inspiring City Awards will be hosted by BBC television presenters Amy Irons and David Farrell.

WEEE Scotland shortlisted in VIBES Scottish Business Environment Awards

Posted Wednesday 31 Jul 2019 11:38 AM

We’re thrilled to announce that WEEE Scotland has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Service Scotland category in VIBES 2019 Scottish Environment Business Awards. 

The purpose of the awards is to recognise and celebrate sustainable Scottish businesses making a positive impact on the environment, contributing to the local economy and creating social opportunities for the local communities. The awards advocate efficient use of resources, enhance the competitiveness of businesses, improve environmental performance and support the wider goals of sustainable development including social benefits through community and staff involvement. 

The awards are a result of a partnership between Scottish Environment Protection Agency, The Scottish Government, Energy Saving Trust, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Water, Zero Waste Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage. 

A large number of entries competed in twelve categories, with 36 businesses successfully shortlisted. In the Service Scotland category, WEEE Scotland will be competing against four other companies based on their commitment to various environmental, economic and social objectives. 

The next stage involves a judging site visit. Three experienced judges will evaluate the finalists and report to the final judging panel. The panel will consist of the SEPA Chairman Bob Downes, the Chair of Scottish Water Lady Susan Rice, and the Highlands and Islands Enterprise chairman Lorne Crerar. 

“We are delighted to be among the finalists at these prestigious awards”, said Gerry Docherty, WEEE Scotland’s Managing Director. “It is a great honour to have our work recognised. We take our environmental and social responsibilities very seriously and we are pleased that our efforts don’t go unnoticed”. 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 14th November 2019 in Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Glasgow.

Reports by Committee on Climate Change show insufficient climate change preparation

Posted Friday 12 Jul 2019 13:40 PM

This week, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) released two new reports on climate change preparations and reducing emissions. The reports evaluated the current situation and outlined the steps that need to be taken to adequately prepare for the future challenges.

The reports were released just a month after legally binding legislation was passed to limit the climate impact by instating net-zero emission target in the United Kingdom. The net-zero target is equivalent to reducing the emissions by at least 100% from 1990 levels.

The assessment carried out by the CCC highlighted that the current actions to address emissions reductions and climate change preparations are insufficient. During the previous 12 months, only one of 25 critical policies aimed at reducing emissions were delivered.

Of the 33 sectors evaluated by the CCC, none were adequately prepared for the impact of climate change. Lack of appropriate risk management puts the future businesses and public health at serious risk. Even the minimum level of preparation for risks identified as critical – water flooding and high temperatures impact on health – was not met.

The reports conclude with a loud and clear call for action. The CCC progress reports provide four recommendations for areas of focus. First, the net-zero policy must be embedded across all levels and departments of government. Second, government policies to reduce the UK emissions to net-zero must be business friendly. Third, the public must be fully engaged in the net-zero transition. Ultimately, the UK needs to lead international action to tackle climate change.

WEEE Scotland takes part in LionHeart Challenge

Posted Thursday 20 Jun 2019 12:14 PM

Last Friday, twelve WEEE Scotland employees embarked on a professional development adventure – the LionHeart challenge. First launched in 1999, the LionHeart challenge is an enterprise programme now delivered nationwide. Traditionally delivered to pupils, for the first time in LionHeart history, the challenge was scaled-up to an executive version and delivered in a corporate setting. The aim of the event was to strengthen the team bond while contributing the WEEE Scotland’s future plans. During the day of the event, two teams of six competed against each other in their bid to provide the best solution for future-proofing the business. 

The teams were advised and consulted by three industry experts. Diane Earles, a Chartered Marketer, whose impressive portfolio ranges from the position of Regional Director of The Chartered Institute of Marketing to teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University, shared her expertise by advising the teams on the marketing aspect of the challenge. Financial planning was facilitated by Andrew Whittaker, the Chartered Management Accountant at Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, with an abundance of experience in industry, commerce and the Civil Service. Roger McCartney, the Chartered Marketer and Regional Manager at Chartered Management Institute, shared his extensive knowledge and experience in people management. 

The judge panel consisted of WEEE Scotland’s senior management – Gerry Docherty, who is the company’s Managing Director, and Lyndsay Stewart, who is the company’s Business Development Director. The judges evaluated the teams on their business concept, marketing plan, financial plan, human resources solution, efficiency and teamwork. 

After an action-packed day filled with intellectually stimulating tasks, the teams were up to present their respective business proposals. Among the ideas discussed were a retail shop, repair café, new accreditation, as well as niche and emerging markets. 

Our Business Development Manager Katrina McKenzie shared her experience of the day: “It was such an honour to be a part of the LionHeart challenge, especially the first event rolled out to a corporate company. I can easily see how it would benefit companies and develop the opportunities and skill levels of their colleagues. I want to say a massive thank you again for the opportunity to be a part of this very unique challenge and it will definitely be an experience I’ll never forget”.

See the most memorable moments of the event here.

WEEE Scotland at Low Carbon Scotland conference

Posted Tuesday 04 Jun 2019 10:32 AM

Today WEEE Scotland representatives are visiting Low Carbon Scotland conference in Edinburgh. Taking place in Dynamic Earth, an outstanding cutting-edge environmentally minded venue, the conference is dedicated to exploring the issue of greenhouse gas emissions.

As silver partners of the conference, we at WEEE Scotland are supporting the event in our mission to enable and empower the transition to zero carbon economy in Scotland. Through raising awareness among the industry business leaders, we aim to accelerate the change and play a key role in decarbonising our economy.

Organised by 3ppp (Private-Public-Partnerships) and Low Carbon Club, the conference will cover a range of topics, including Climate Change Plan 2017-2032, cities, mobility, heat and energy systems, infrastructure, finance and funding, internet of things, and assets, estates and facilities.

The speakers programme contains an impressive list of industry leaders and government decision makers. Among the speakers are the Scottish Government MSP Paul Wheelhouse, the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, and Alan Asbury, the chairman of the Low Carbon Club, along with along list of other influential figures with substantial track record in sustainability and environmental services.

“We are absolutely delighted to be supporting this conference. It is an opportunity to show the importance of addressing environmental issues promptly and appropriately,” said WEEE Scotland’s Recycling & Compliance Director Lyndsay Stewart. “Transitioning to zero carbon is essential if we are to maintain our environment. We are here today to partner up with other environmentally conscious organisations and help them reduce their carbon footprint through sustainable operational decisions”.

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