Category Archives: Conferences and events


Albion team attended The REA Organics Scotland Conference, organised by The Renewable Energy Association and hosted in Aberdeen. This conference allows groups within the organics sector – including local authorities, waste operators, waste management companies, and industry consultants – to come together to discuss the issues facing the Organic Waste Treatment sector. It is the ideal platform to look at innovative developments, current opportunities, and certain challenges and difficulties within the field.

The event started with a visit to an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) site being constructed near Aberdeen’s TECA (The Event Complex Arena). It was fascinating to see the plans for the site, how it would work, and to see the inside of an Anaerobic Digestion tank. Once the AD site is operating, it will produce enough electricity to power TECA. The plant will use 81,000 tonnes of feedstock each year, and this will include Aberdeen’s food waste, along with agricultural wastes and crop fuels.

In Scotland, building more organic waste treatment plants could be crucial in meeting the target to ban any biodegradable municipal waste from entering landfills from 2025 onwards (extended from 2021). This is just one of many important policy targets implement by the Scottish Government, to improve waste management. Another aim in Scotland is to cut food waste by 33% (from the 2013 figure) by 2025.

The first conference speaker covered this topic, by introducing the Scottish Governments Food Waste Reduction Action Plan & explaining the different methods that will be used to minimise food waste. Most of the other speakers, focused on organic waste management. Over the course of the conference, there were multiple interesting talks on a variety of topics, including:

  • Plastics found in organic waste, and what can be done about this
  • Summary of a study tour that explored the methods that Italy use to handle organic wastes
  • The process of building an organic waste treatment plant
  • How Aberdeen is using renewable energy to transform the city
  • Improving the quality of compost outputs from composting sites
  • Panel discussion on promoting the benefits of recycling organic materials

Albion’s very own KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) Associate presented at the conference too. She gave a well-received and engaging talk about bioaerosol monitoring and the benefits of a KTP. The talk included a description of what bioaerosols are,why it is important to monitor them and ways for sites to manage and minimise the risk of bioaerosols.

Bioaerosols are often generated by microorganisms, and high levels of microorganisms are crucial in the process of degrading (and therefore treating) organic wastes. As such, organic waste treatment can be strongly linked to high concentrations of bioaerosols – which can have certain negative health effects for humans. This makes bioaerosol monitoring an important subject.

Going forward a mutual understanding of both the key issues facing organics recyclers and how environmental and health & safety legislation may fit will help progress this KTP. Following on from the KTP, our environmental consultants here at Albion Environmental will have acquired the expertise and in-depth knowledge needed to provide a wide array of bioaerosol services that are useful to any potential clientstargeted specifically at their needs.

Information about the services our environmental consultants can provide can be found here

Scottish Resource Conference 2019 Sponsorship

Albion Environmental host table and provide sponsorship for the  “Best Food Waste Initiative” award at Scottish Resources Awards Dinner 2019 (now in its 18th year) at Perth Concert hall. This prestigious event is to recognise companies and individuals for their creative input within the circular economy and resource management sector. It is held in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) . We look forward to welcoming our guests and would like to wish all the finalists the best of luck for the awards.

Albion Environmental Ltd host table at Chartered Institute for Waste Management (CIWM) Scottish Resource Conference

Albion to host table at CIWM Scottish Resources Awards dinner on the evening of 4th  October at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in recognition of companies and individuals for their involvement and innovation within the circular economy and resource management sector.

For further information go to Scottish Resource Conference 2018.



Official Office Opening

Albion Environmental Ltd hosts official opening party to celebrate opening of new extension.

Alasdair Meldrum, Director, Albion Environmental Ltd was delighted to welcome guests to the official opening of the new extension to our office.  Albion moved into these premises at 1 Damside over 3 years ago, but due to continued expansion and rapid growth the company was as rapidly running out of office space.

The extension was designed by local architect Chris Stewart, CASA Design and the construction work was carried out by Craig Clifford and his team from Ayrshire company CC Joinery.  The Project was completed to a high standard by Craig and his team, and completed from start to finish in under 10 weeks.

The original building was formally owned by the Ayr Gas Company and during the construction works we found the base for one of their chimneys. Half of the base has now been converted into steps leading into the building, with a feature Albion logo at the base of the steps.

The extension provides us with office space for an additional 7 staff, a fully equipped air conditioned board room and a light and airy break out area for informal meeting and lunch.

Thanks to all the guests, friends, customers and suppliers who turned up to help us open this fabulous new facility, and also to celebrate the continued growth and expansion of Albion Environmental Ltd. since we established in 2002.

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CIWM Resource and Waste Clinic at RWM

CIWM are hosting a Resource and Waste Clinic at RWM 13-15 September 2016 and Albion Environmental are delighted that our Managing Director, Alasdair Meldrum will be among the selected professionals  who will be providing advise. The clinic has been introduced to demonstrate the value of CIWM and their network of professionals and CIWM staff will be asking people ‘what can we help you achieve?’

We encourage all to come along and meet the experts.

How will the Clinic work?

There are over 30 experts coming to help during the course of the 3 day show.  Most experts have been able to give either half a day, a day or more of their time.  Our experts collectively have a very wide knowledge on a range of resource and waste management subjects and are mainly CIWM Fellows.  Visitors to the show can come along and have a one-to-one chat with one or more experts to help them gain information and help on the questions they have. Visitors can book to meet an expert in advance at or by coming to the stand where CIWM staff will help direct them to the right person. Each one-to-one will be up to half an hour.  Book Here

Where is the Clinic?

We are in the same location as last year. It is stand 4M10-N11.  We’re on the link between Hall 4 and 5, just at the top of the stairs.

Do I need to register as a visitor to the show?

Yes.  This can be done in advance