Circularity Scotland calls in administrators

The scheme administrator for Scotland’s deposit return scheme, Circularity Scotland, has been placed into administration.

Scotland's rate of 43.3% in 2022 represents a rise from 2021 but remains the lowest in the UK

The “industry-led” not-for-profit company was funded by producers and set up in 2020 to help administer the Scottish DRS.

However, after the scheme was delayed to October 2025, in line with the rest of the UK, several producers announced that they would be pulling funding after saying they have lost confidence (see letsrecycle.com story). 

As a result, the company has now been placed into administration.


Blair Nimmo and Alistair McAlinden from Interpath Advisory were appointed yesterday (20 June).

In a statement, they said their focus will be on realising the company’s assets to benefit its creditors. A progress report will be published in the coming months detailing who is owed money.

Mr Nimmo said in the statement: “The ongoing uncertainty surrounding the future launch of the Deposit Return Scheme prompted the company’s backers to withdraw future funding, and as such, the directors were left with few options other than to seek the appointment of administrators.”

Alistair McAlinden, managing director at Interpath Advisory, added: “We are in the process of arranging a meeting with the employees to take place tomorrow morning to explain what the administration means for them.”


News of uncertainty at the company broke last week when it emerged staff had been sent home (see letsrecycle.com story).

The Scottish government has blamed the UK government for not allowing the scheme to progress with glass included, while the former chief executive of Circularity Scotland, has blamed the Scottish Government, saying the scheme could have progressed with glass.

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