Green Agenda are this year’s Awards Dinner Sponsor at the Scottish Resources Conference

Now in its fourteenth year, the Scottish Resources Conference and Exhibition is returning to Glasgow on 7th and 8th October at the Hilton Hotel. It will be delivered by CIWM and Zero Waste Scotland. For the second year in a row, Green Agenda will be the Headline Sponsor for the Scottish Resources Conference Awards Dinner.

The Scottish Resources Conference is the leading event for Scotland’s resource industry. For two days, numerous events will be taking place to keep businesses and organisations up to date on the critical issues and latest developments from the resource sector. The conference will conclude with the prestigious awards dinner. This year will mark the second time that Green Agenda have been headline sponsor of the awards dinner following last year’s success.

The Awards are a fantastic opportunity for businesses to be recognised for their involvement and innovation within resource management. Winners will receive both recognition and prestige from their colleagues and peers across the sector. As the headline awards sponsor, we are privileged to be associated with businesses which share our commitment to build a more sustainable solution.

The circular economy is changing the way in which we thing about waste management. It will be at the forefront of all debates and discussions taking place at the conference. However it also something that Green Agenda are firm believers in.

Green Agenda is committed to promoting a circular economy and we implement its principles throughout our business. We collect toner cartridges, ink cartridges, photocopiers, printers, laptops and mobile phones from across the UK and bring them back to our recycling centre at Bellshill. Here they are inspected and sorted to be either recycled or remanufactured. By implementing a zero to landfill policy, we are able to ensure resource efficiency and that nothing is wasted.

The Awards Dinner is dedicated to recognising the exceptional achievements of both individuals and organisations striving for a more sustainable society. The categories reflect this but also the widening sustainability agenda faced by all sectors. The public, private and community sector are all given the opportunity to gain national recognition for the advances they have played a significant role in. It will be a fantastic climax to the two day event.

As well as being Headline Sponsor for the Awards Dinner, Green Agenda will also be exhibiting at the Scottish Resource Conference both days at the conference. By visiting the Green Agenda stand, delegates will learn more about how Green Agenda is contributing to a circular economy as well as the need for organisations to change their attitudes when it comes to disposing of used toner cartridges.

Scottish Resources Conference 2014

Green Agenda are the proud Awards Dinner Headline sponsor at the annual Scottish Resources Conference, taking place in Glasgow this year.

Celebrating its 13th anniversary, the Scottish Resources Conference and Exhibition is the dedicated event for Scotland’s resources industry.  The conference will keep you up to date with critical issues influencing the Scottish resources industry, and will provide you with the perfect opportunity to network with more than 200 peers from all sectors.  In addition, more than 20 suppliers, consultants and manufacturers will be exhibiting alongside the conference allowing you to find out what’s new to the industry all under one roof.

Green Agenda will be exhibiting at the event and we look forward to seeing you there!

The event takes place on the 28 – 29 October.  SRC2014-Banner

Glasgow Hilton Hotel
1 William Street
G3 8HT

Interesting facts and figures about the toner cartridge

  • 30 million inkjet cartridges are sent to UK landfill each year – the equivalent of 18 blue whales!
  • Did you know that original printer ink costs more to produce than space shuttle fuel?!
  • Approximately 3.5 litres of oil is required to produce every laser toner cartridge.
  • A spent cartridge can be recycled up to 7 times!
  • Individuals discard enough printer cartridges in a year to circle the Earth – that is 24,000 miles!

What is WEEE?

WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. Anything that requires batteries or a plug to operate is classified as Electrical or Electronic.

  • WEEE is the fastest growing waste stream; around 1 million tonnes of WEEE is thrown away in the UK every year.
  • In the UK we purchase around 22.5 million phones every year. These phones will contain nearly 1 tonne of gold, over 9 tonnes of silver and over 300 tonnes of copper.
  • By recycling approximately 3,000 tonnes of electrical waste, it is estimated that this has offset over 26,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

Top tips to improve how you recycle!

At home is where you can make the biggest difference to the amount you recycle. 

  • All your plastic bottles can be recycled, from mouthwash to salad dressing – so put them all in your recycling bin! In most boroughs, you can recycle all your plastic bottles, tubs and pots, and their tops and lids too.
  • It’s more than just newspapers you can recycle as well. You can recycle your envelopes, wrapping paper, birthday cards and even phone books. All types of cardboard can also be recycled, even toilet roll tubes and drinks cartons.
  • Most metallic items are also recyclable – It’s not just cans and tins you can also recycle, but kitchen foil and even empty aerosols.
  • Whenever you’re not sure what you can recycle, look on your local council’s website for more information.
  • Check the date you put out your recycling – Find out from your council what day your recycling will be collected.


Toner cartridge recycling in a ‘circular’ economy

The recycling and remanufacturing of toner cartridges is an effective and sustainable response to the European WEEE Directive on the disposal of electrical waste.  With the amount of hazardous waste being sent to landfill, Green Agenda offer a simple solution to businesses who want to adopt a greener policy when it comes to reducing the amount of electrical waste which is left for disposal.

Toner cartridgWRAP circular-economy-i-i_0e recycling is a huge step in the right direction toward creating a fully functioning circular economy.  The notion of a circular economy was firstly developed in the seventies.  The theory involves the restructuring of industrial systems to identify the need for efficient resource cycling in the natural environment.  In the current economy, raw materials are transformed into products and finally discarded.  In a circular economy the resource loop is closed, which means raw materials are reused.  The EU has agreed a strategy for a ‘resource efficient Europe’ under the ‘Europe 2020 strategy’.

The conventional toner cartridge derives of approximately 60 separate components, which are disposed at their end of life.  Key strategies for increasing the ‘circularity’  of toner cartridges, include remanufacturing and recycling these components.  A circular economy puts sustainability and a closed loop approach at the heart of the waste management industry.