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Circularity Scotland appointed as Deposit Return Scheme administrator for Scotland

Circularity Scotland Limited has been announced as the new administrator to oversee operation of Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS).

The Scottish Government confirmed today that it had approved the scheme administrator application of Circularity Scotland, a not-for-profit body which represents a combination of drinks producers, trade associations and retailers.

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.

Circularity Scotland 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.

Zero Waste Scotland research predicts that 34,000 fewer plastic bottles, cans and glasses will be littered every day with the introduction of a DRS in Scotland. With thousands of return points set-up nationwide, £62 million a year could be saved tackling the indirect impacts of litter.

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