CIRCULARITY Scotland has confirmed that the forecast producer fees for Scotland’s deposit return scheme have been reduced.
The reduction has been applied across every material that can be recycled under DRS – plastic, glass and aluminium – reducing the overall impact that DRS will have on producers in monetary terms.
For plastic, producers will now pay a fee of 2.21p per container, down from 3.17p.
Aluminium saw the biggest drop at 40%, with its updated value at 2.03p, which previously sat at 3.42p.
And glass containers are now forecast to cost 4.10p, down from 4.45p.
These changes have come about following discussions between Circularity Scotland and producers from across the industry in an effort to reduce the cash-flow impact of the scheme on producers.
David Harris, chief executive at Circularity Scotland, said: “The subject of forecast producer fees has been a huge focus for us, and we’ve been working with government and all stakeholders to make positive strides in this area.
“The reductions we’ve been able to announce today will lower all producer DRS costs and bring about significant reduction in Day 1 cash requirements.