Today we were visited by the Scottish Environment secretary Richard Lochhead MSP. He was here to officially open our new offices in Stirling. As you may be aware Waste Aware Scotland is one of several programmes within the environmental chairty Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB).
Mr Lochhead also used his visit to launch Stirling Council’s new initiative to reduce food waste and to present Waste Aware Scotland (that’s us) with the 2009 International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Communication Award for its new, innovative recycling campaign. The award is a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work of my colleagues and the management here.
A new KSB website was also launched during the event, making it easier for the public, local authorities, businesses and other Scottish organisations to access support and information about the seven programmes KSB administers.
Celebrating 42 years in the Stirling area, KSB is headed by chief executive John Summers OBE and is one of Scotland’s longest running environmental charities. As he opened our new headquarters Mr Lochhead said “The number of successful projects run by KSB is testament to the good work they have done over the past years, and will continue to do. I challenge the team to continue bringing environment messages to all corners of Scotland – now more than ever; with the Scottish Government’s zero waste vision and the threat of climate change we need to know how we can do more.”
I hope I speak on behalf of all staff when I say we are very grateful to Mr Lochhead for taking the time to come and see us. He delivered a rousing speech which demonstrated the Scottish goverment’s support for our work and the wider environment, which was very welcome.