Press releases

22 February 2021

BSDA delighted to announce role as founder member of Circularity Scotland

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) is delighted to announce its role as a founder member of Circularity Scotland – a new, not for profit organisation seeking to run Scotland’s deposit return scheme (DRS).

Circularity Scotland has been established today (22 February 2021) by a combination of companies and trade associations representing their broader drinks producer and retail members.

If its subsequent application to become scheme administrator of Scotland’s DRS is approved by the Scottish Government, the company will work with companies throughout the supply chain – producers, retailers, hospitality and wholesalers – to help deliver a scheme ultimately expected to collect more than 90% of drinks containers in Scotland.

The BSDA’s president, Dr Marnie Millard OBE, said: “The BSDA is proud to be a founding member of Circularity Scotland Ltd as the soft drinks industry continues to play a leading role in developing a well-designed DRS system in Scotland that works for consumers and businesses. The last year has clearly been challenging for many of us but we and our members remain committed to changes that can help increase recycling levels and reduce littering.”

The Scottish Government plans to introduce the Deposit Return Scheme in 2022. It will require consumers to pay a 20p deposit on each glass, can or PET plastic container purchased, which is then reimbursed when the empty container is returned. The scheme administrator will be responsible for making sure the Scottish DRS functions efficiently and meets its annual collection targets.

Regulations passed by the Scottish Parliament in May 2020 allowed drinks producers to nominate a scheme administrator to fulfil its obligations on its behalf. Ahead of the scheme’s go-live date, soft drinks producers would be able to register with the new entity.

The approach of forming an independent scheme administrator company has already proven successful in many other DRS operations around the world, including in the highly-successful Norway model. It was also the path favoured by drinks producers and retailers in the Scottish Government’s public consultation on the design of the DRS.

Please visit the Circularity Scotland website at www.circularityscotland.com for more information. The full Circularity Scotland press release can be found via this link.

BSDA members A G Barr, Britvic Soft Drinks Limited, Coca-Cola European Partners, Danone Waters UK & Ireland, Suntory Beverage and Food GB&I and Refresco Beverages UK Limited are among the initial members of Circularity Scotland, alongside the BSDA.

Within Circularity Scotland, the BSDA will represent the following BSDA members and the interests of the wider sector:

  • AM Fresh
  • Aston Manor
  • Belvoir Fruit Farms
  • Clearly Drinks
  • Corrigan’s Original
  • Cracker Drinks Co
  • Encirc
  • Fentimans
  • Fruits of Jannah
  • Global Brands
  • Good Natured (Happy Monkey)
  • Holy Industries
  • innocent
  • Jolly’s Drinks
  • Kingsland Drinks
  • Kingsley Beverages
  • Nexba UK
  • Nichols plc
  • PepsiCo
  • Princes Gate Spring Water
  • Princes
  • Purity Soft Drinks
  • Radnor Hills
  • Red Bull
  • Roxane
  • SHS Group Drinks Division
  • Sneak Energy
  • Stute Foods
  • Symrise
  • Tata Consumer Products
  • Tropicana
  • Vitamin Well
  • The Wonderful Company

Further information

For more details on BSDA’s work on deposit return schemes, please visit our dedicated DRS section: https://www.britishsoftdrinks.com/Deposit-Return-Scheme