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British Glass sounds beverage supply chain warning on Scottish DRS

British Glass sounds beverage supply chain warning on Scottish DRS

British Glass has warned that many critical businesses in the beverage supply chain will be adversely impacted by the Scottish Deposit Return Scheme (DRS).


Dave Dalton, chief executive, British Glass, at the Environmental Packaging Summit

Due to be introduced in 2022, British Glass said concerns include the potential collapse of kerbside recycling for glass, an increase in volumes of plastic packaging and CO2 emissions.

Chief Executive Dave Dalton has written to the Scottish Government outlining these concerns, and said British Glass would do all that was possible to guide implementation of the DRS to ensure that important factors are considered and requested a seat for the industry on the Implementation Advisory Group as a matter of urgency.

Separately, he said decarbonisation work continued apace with the UK’s Glass Futures and the recently announced Furnace of the Future facility in Germany.

Glass Futures will be the world’s first openly-accessible, multi-disciplinary glass melting facility and a major research hub for alternative fuel sources for use in furnaces – a key factor in helping the glass sector reach its target to decarbonise by 2050 and become net-zero on carbon emissions.

The recently announced Furnace of the Future will be the first large-scale hybrid oxy-fuel furnace to run on 80% renewable energy in the world. It will replace current fossil-fuel energy sources and cut CO2 emissions by 60%. In another first, twenty glass container producers are working together to fund the pilot project and prove the concept. Ardagh Group will build the furnace in Germany in 2022, with assessment of the first results due for 2023.

The DRS regulations were passed yesterday afternoon (13 May) despite calls from industry, consumers, and opposition MSPs to delay.

SNP members (36) voted in favour with the Conservatives voting against (16) and Labour and the Liberal Democrats abstaining (19).

Commenting on the result, Dave Dalton, British Glass chief executive said: “We were not alone in asking the Scottish Government to delay the DRS regulations until the impact of COVID-19 is known. Many businesses, including those part of our industry and supply chain are not in the position to face the additional burden the scheme will place on them.

“We continue to believe an alternative Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) model would increase the recycling rates of glass, be more cost-effective and offer double the CO2 savings than a DRS in Scotland.

“Although we do not believe a DRS is the right solution for glass recycling, we will work with the Scottish Government and the scheme administrator to minimise the damage to the Scottish glass industry and to ensure the highest possible recycling rates to provide the vital quality and quantity of cullet needed for our glass manufacturers.”

Post time: Jun-04-2020