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Circularity Scotland collapsed with debts of £86m

Circularity Scotland collapsed with debts of £86m

According to documents, the organisation responsible for managing Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) collapsed with debts and financial obligations worth £86 million. Circularity Scotland, the non-profit entity, which received funding from the drinks industry, went bankrupt in June due to the postponement of the Scottish DRS deadline until October 2025, in line with the rest...

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The Recycling Association: NAO report shows need to kick on with EPR and Consistency and ditch DRS

The Recycling Association: NAO report shows need to kick on with EPR and Consistency and ditch DRS

The Recycling Association has said that the National Audit Office (NAO) report on resources and waste reforms shows that Defra needs to get on with implementing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Consistency of Collection. But The Recycling Association believes that the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) should be abandoned in its current guise to get on...

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Deposit return scheme firm appoints administrators

Deposit return scheme firm appoints administrators

The collapse of Circularity Scotland, the firm hired by the Scottish Government to run the deposit return scheme (DRS), which has been delayed until 2025, has resulted in administrators being appointed. Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater (pictured) expressed her concern for the 60 workers affected and blamed the firm’s demise on conditions imposed by the...

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Scottish deposit return delayed until October 2025

Scottish deposit return delayed until October 2025

The deposit return scheme in Scotland has faced a further delay until at least October 2025. Originally scheduled for launch in March 2024, Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater stated that the UK Government’s exclusion of glass from the Scottish scheme had left her with no choice. Ms Slater remains committed to the recycling scheme, but...

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On World Environment Day: How recycling metal can benefit us all and help reduce plastic pollution

On World Environment Day: How recycling metal can benefit us all and help reduce plastic pollution

Using more recycled metal can massively help to beat plastic pollution, one of the country’s leading recycling associations says today.  The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) is urging people celebrating World Environment Day to stop and think about the reasons why recycling more metal can make a real difference.  James Kelly, the CEO of the...

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Scotland delays Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) until March 2024

Scotland delays Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) until March 2024

In his first policy announcement since taking over from Nicola Sturgeon, Humza Yousaf, Scotland’s First Minister, announced the Scottish Government’s flagship recycling policy, the deposit return scheme (DRS), will be delayed until 1st March 2024, providing extra time for businesses to get ready. A package of measures, Yousaf said, would also be put in place...