The departing head of waste for the Scottish Government, Gabby Pieraccini, has been praised for transforming national circular economy (CE) policy.
Pieraccini is leaving the role after three years to take a new position in Scotland’s Brexit unit.
Her work was saluted by waste manager Viridor, which works with almost all Scottish local authorities. It said that, under Pieraccini, Scotland’s waste policy had recognised that a CE was vital from a sustainability standpoint, addressed resource security and boosted the economy.
Martin Grey, head of public affairs at Viridor, said: “Gabby was at the forefront of putting CE policy into practice.
“She helped Scotland to punch above its weight at home and on the world stage by mastering her brief, rolling up her sleeves and getting out to sites, and recognising that this was not only an environmental obligation, but an economic opportunity for Scotland. We’re sorry to see her moving on but wish her all the best in her new role.”
Viridor’s glass recycling facility at Newhouse, North Lanarkshire, was quoted as an example of what was possible when the Government, regulators, Zero Waste Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, the whisky sector, councils and corporates work together.
The facility is helping to drive Scotland’s CE by reducing reliance on imported materials and boosting the sustainability of Scotch whisky, the country’s largest export.