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Tomra partners Viridor in DRS pitch

Sorting technology specialist Tomra and waste manager Viridor are working together in a joint bid to design, build and operate a key part of a planned deposit return scheme (DRS) in Scotland from next year.

The companies are looking to run counting and sorting centres that represent a critical part of the infrastructure required for DRS.

Viridor and Tomra say that Scotland has demonstrated leadership in the development of a circular economy through its initiative due to be introduced in 2022. It is hoped the policy will drive collection rates on drinks containers to over 90%, reducing littering and contributing to net zero climate goals.

Viridor’s director of business development (polymers) Luke Burgess says the DRS offers an opportunity to contribute to green job creation and the development of a truly circular economy. ‘Tomra has extensive global experience in operating counting and sorting facilities and the partnership will add this to Viridor’s experience of working with Scotland to deliver its recycling, resource management and wider environmental goals. This experience and commitment to the goals of the Scottish circular economy means we have a very strong offering to make.’

Tomra’s md in UK & Ireland Truls Haug says the companies have a vision to facilitate a modern, cost-effective and best practice Scottish DRS. ‘Our partnership forms a unique and complementary mix of global and UK-based experience, enabling a compelling “fit-for-purpose” service offer which, if accepted could be deployed in due time for scheme commencement. We are inspired by the progress made to date and the opportunity ahead of us.’

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