Viridor and TOMRA team up on Scottish DRS project

Truls Haug, MD for TOMRA Collection Solutions UK & Ireland
Truls Haug

VIRIDOR and TOMRA have announced a collaboration on the Scottish deposit return scheme (DRS) project, which will see the organisations come together in a bid for the design, build and operation of the scheme’s counting and sorting centres.

The centres are set to form an important part of the infrastructure required to make the system a success. Viridor is one of the UK’s largest recycling and resource management companies, while TOMRA is a recycling infrastructure specialist operating across more than 80 markets globally.

Luke Burgess, Viridor director of business development (polymers), said, “Viridor, has a long history of investing in Scottish recycling infrastructure, and the DRS offers the opportunity to supplement that investment and contribute to green job creation and the development of a truly circular economy. We are delighted to build on our relationship with TOMRA, the world leader in the provision of equipment for deposit return schemes, to work with Scotland to develop a smooth transition to a sustainable future.

“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. The successful implementation of DRS in Scotland is of paramount importance if we are to reach the recycling goals of the Plastics Pact, a target that Viridor, a founding member of the Pact, is committed to helping to achieve.”

Truls Haug, TOMRA collection solutions UK & Ireland MD, commented, “The TOMRA Viridor partnership is formed under the shared vision to facilitate a modern, cost-effective and best practice Scottish deposit return system, acting as a catalyst for sustainable recycling outcomes, delivering key sorting and counting centre services to the deposit operator. 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.”