Fury over Deposit Return Scheme boss’ £300k salary

Documents leaked to Scotland on Sunday newspaper show David Harris and other Circularity Scotland Ltd executives will collectively receive £670,000 in annual salaries and fees.

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Fergus Ewing, an SNP-MSP who has long criticized the underfire scheme, told the paper the compensation was outrageous and undeserved: “The public will ultimately foot the bill for this scheme, including the salaries of its bosses, and the cost of drinks will rise by far more than.” 20 pence.”

He continued: “The payments to the CEO and the Chairman are just outrageous because the program is a disaster and unless stopped it will become something of a disaster.

“Calls to stop the program are now coming from all affected economic sectors.

“Circularity Scotland have completely failed to understand how the current recycling system works and perhaps that is because they have failed to listen to – or even meet – those who know most about it. Some key stakeholders were not granted meetings, and others did not receive responses to meeting requests.”

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The company is funded by industry rather than government and ministers say they are not involved in hiring staff or their pay levels.

The DRS – which is currently due to go live on August 16 – will require shoppers to pay a 20p deposit if they buy a drink that comes in a disposable container.

You get the money back when you return the empty container to a return point.

However, earlier this week it emerged that Circularity Scotland expects to take £57million a year from the public not returning their containers.

In their business case, the company said uncashed deposits are included as one of their revenue streams, alongside the money they bill beverage manufacturers each year and revenue from the sale of recycled beverage bottles.

When questioned about the reports in Holyrood, Minister for the program Lorna Slater told MSPs that Circularity Scotland is an “industry set up not-for-profit company” and that any unpaid deposits would be “reinvested to help maintain operating costs the scheme as low as possible for growers of all sizes across Scotland.”

She said this model is in line with best practices seen in other schemes around the world, including the scheme currently being planned by the UK Government.

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A spokesman for Circularity Scotland said: “This information was included in an email sent to all members of Circularity Scotland.

“We can confirm that as a private, not-for-profit company, we share all executive salary information with our members and compare it to similar positions in the industry.

“The Deposit Return Scheme is one of the largest environmental infrastructure schemes ever set up in the UK and the leadership team was appointed for their unrivaled expertise in designing and delivering major projects of this type.”

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Adam Bradshaw

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