CRNS Annual Conference
‘The Voice of the Sector – The Vision of the Members’
This year’s conference was a vibrant and dynamic event which focussed very much on ‘collaboration,’ between CRNS members and the private and public sector. Held in Perth Concert Hall and sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland the conference was officially opened by Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. Ms Cunningham’s speech emphasised the governments’ commitment to climate change, circular economy and the importance of reuse and really set the scene for the day.
Iain Gulland, CEO, Zero Waste Scotland next spoke about Scotland leading the way in the circular economy with a dynamic & pioneering reuse/repair sector before handing over to David Wood, CEO, CRNS who delivered a keynote on CRNS’ current operational and strategic activities.
Collaboration on a whole different level was the subject of the next keynote delivered jointly by Barry Philips, Category Analyst, Scotland Excel, Colin McKee, Community Regeneration Manager, Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company and David Wood. This section of the conference was dedicated to launching the CRNS Reuse Consortium, a potentially transformational 17 member consortium that will look to provide reuse furniture through the Scottish Welfare Fund and support communities in a more responsible manner.
CRNS was delighted to have Eric Weisman-Morel, Communications & Development Director, Eco-mobilier join us from Paris, to provide a real and very valuable insight into the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) on furniture and mattresses. Eric explained through a very visual presentation how this levy works in France and the benefits it brings to communities and the environment.
The final keynote of the day came from Heather Anderson, 2000m2 Field of Enquiry Engagement, Whitmuir Community Farm. Her compelling speech hit home about reducing food waste and was truly inspiring.
Throughout the day there were numerous opportunities for networking and The Market Place really facilitated engagement, chat and debate between delegates, not to mention the chance to browse the 10 exhibition stalls.
Breakout sessions in the morning enabled delegates to select a workshop from Reuse Partnerships with Universities; ZWS’s Re-use and Repair Funding Call; Moving Forward with Deposit and Return and Innovative Upcycling with 2 CRNS Members. Our thanks go to our workshop hosts: Kate Fitzpatrick, University of Edinburgh and Simon Glover, Sustaining Dunbar; Tony Edwards ZWS; John Mayhew, APRS and Nadine Gorency, Rags to Riches, Govanhill Baths and Stephanie Wilson, Oskars-Kibble Works.
In the afternoon the Plenary ‘Sofa Session’ saw a reuse sofa and occasional living furniture set the scene for questions from the floor. David Wood was joined by Eric Weisman-Morel, Eco-mobilier; Heather Anderson, Whitmuir Farm Owner; Lisa Toon, ACE Recycling Group; Iain Gulland, ZWS and Colin McKee, Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company.
The Schools Challenge
Featuring again in this year’s conference was the popular Schools Challenge Awards, with the 2 winning schools being invited to conference to accept their prizes. After being tasked with coming up with an idea to make things last at their school, Minard Primary’s novel idea of reducing the amount of paper going into their recycling bins by converting it into paper bricks to sell to the community won the primary school category. Abercorn Secondary’s innovative idea of recycling disposable plastic bottles by using them to build a greenhouse to support their kitchen garden won the secondary school category. The children were delighted at being invited to give a presentation on their ideas and enjoyed the fun questions asked of them by conference host Fred MacAulay.
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Investment for Reaching the Full Potential of Re-use
Enhancing Community Outcomes and Delivering a Stronger Sector Through Strategic Collaboration
Transforming the Reuse Landscape
Extended Producer Responsibility on Furniture and Mattresses
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