Circularity Scotland appointed DRS scheme administrator

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Circularity Scotland has been confirmed as the administrator that will oversee operation of Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) when it launches in July 2022.

The not-for-profit body represents a combination of over 20 drinks producers, trade associations and retailers; it will work with companies throughout the supply chain – from producers through to hospitality, wholesalers and retailers – to deliver a system that is expected to collect at least 90% of drinks containers across Scotland.

The DRS will require consumers to pay a 20p deposit when they buy a glass bottle, can or PET plastic container. The money is then reimbursed when the empty containers are returned, contributing to a circular economy.

Both the Scottish Grocers Federation and the Scottish Wholesale Association are members of Circularity Scotland.

SGF boss Pete Cheema said: “Convenience stores in Scotland are absolutely central to the successful operation of the scheme. Their participation will ensure an efficient and truly Scotland-wide DRS. We look forward to working collaboratively with all our colleagues at Circularity Scotland.”

Colin Smith, SWA Chief Executive, added: “Where, as wholesalers help to restock, restart and rebuild our hospitality and retail customers on the high streets and city centres, we do so knowing this huge commitment has been made towards a greener recovery and that complements our industry’s own decarbonisation plans.”