Circularity Scotland selects RLG, a Reconomy Group company as preferred bidder, to set up an IT infrastructure for a DRS in Scotland

In recent news, Circularity Scotland Limited, the Scheme Administrator for Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme have selected Reverse Logistics Group (RLG) as the preferred implementation partner to deliver a state-of-the-art and future-proof IT solution to manage the deposit return scheme (DRS) in Scotland. While the formal agreements are being put in place, the implementation work has already started on what will be the most comprehensive system of its kind. Due to RLG’s forward-thinking approach and its long history of operating DRS and EPR systems globally, the ambition is for Scotland to leverage this expertise and adopt the most efficient scheme in the world. Over the years, RLG has proven its ability to quickly and efficiently implement and deploy complex system rollouts in various countries globally, including India and Canada.  Scotland will launch the Deposit Return Scheme on 16th August 2023. It will be the first scheme in the UK to launch.

”I believe that both the expertise and the technology we can bring to this project will support Scotland in developing a successful deposit return scheme that will help the country achieve its sustainability goals,” said Patrick Wiedemann, the CEO of RLG. “For more than 25 years, we have partnered with all stakeholders within the reverse logistics value chain, driving innovations and operating sophisticated deposit return schemes. Now with the backing of the Reconomy Group and having developed a technology that allows DRS operators to reduce costs and raise the beverage containers return rates, we believe that Scotland will benefit significantly” he added.

As more and more countries across Europe and beyond are keen on adopting solutions supporting their circular economy goals, especially with the European Union’s Single-Use Plastics directive in force, operators are looking for an upgrade of traditional deposit return schemes. As the DRS system will be operating for decades, the IT system design shall support the future requirements right from the beginning.

Paul Cox, Reconomy Group CEO, said: “This is a fantastic example of the impact the Reconomy Group can make to global and local sustainability. Using the considerable expertise of RLG and the service capabilities across all of our divisions, this project will directly contribute to our Reconomy Group purpose of creating a truly sustainable world through conserving finite resources”