Circularity Scotland is set up as a membership-based company, rather than a shareholder-owned company. Our members provide the strategic direction of the company. By being a member of Circularity Scotland companies can influence how we operate. 

Our members are the guarantors of Circularity Scotland Ltd.  Members then delegate certain powers to our directors to run the company on their behalf

What our members do 

Our members are entitled to attend general meetings and vote on a defined set of consent matters.  For our members these include:

  • Appointment or removal of directors
  • Amending the constitution
  • Changing the name of the company
  • Approving the accounts

How memberships works

Producers 

For producers, you need to be placing more than 10 million containers onto the market in Scotland on an annual basis to qualify for membership.

Return point operators 

For return point operators you need to be taking back more than 20 million containers on an annual basis and/or be responsible for more than 500 return points in Scotland, to qualify for membership.

Trade associations 

For trade associations, you need to represent companies who collectively place more than 10 million containers to qualify for membership. 

Or represent companies who collectively are responsible for taking back more than 20 million containers via a return service in Scotland on an annual basis and/or who collectively are responsible for more than 500 return points in Scotland, to qualify for membership.

How to apply to be a member 

If you meet the qualifying criteria and are interested in becoming a member please contact us via our general enquiries form.

Our members

Producer members 

A.G. Barr plc

AB InBev UK Limited 

Accolade Wines Limited

Asahi UK Ltd

Booker

Britvic Soft Drinks Limited

Coca-Cola European Partners Great Britain Limited

Danone Waters UK & Ireland

Heineken UK Limited

Highland Spring Ltd 

Nestlé Waters UK 

Refresco Beverages UK Limited  

Suntory Beverage and Food GB&I

Tennent Caledonian Breweries UK Limited


Retail members

Co-operative Group Limited

Lidl Great Britain Limited

Marks and Spencer plc

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Tesco Stores Limited

Aldi Scotland

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc


Trade associations 

Association of Convenience Stores

National Federation of Retail Newsagents 

Scottish Wholesale Association

The British Beer and Pub Association

The British Soft Drinks Association

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association 

The Scottish Grocers’ Federation

FAQs

Circularity Scotland is a not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee with members drawn from the producer and wholesaler community, based on production volume, and the retailer community (based on collection volume and numbers of return points). 

The company's legal setup requires us to have members. 

It was important for us to have a broad representation of members from across the key sectors affected by the deposit return scheme. This gave us an indication of support for the approach we are taking to fulfil the duties of scheme administrator.  

No. The initial members of Circularity Scotland include trade associations representing dozens of other companies. Membership also remains open to others who wish to join in their own right and meet the qualifying criteria. 

No, producers do not need to be a member of Circularity Scotland to appoint us as their scheme administrator. Likewise, return point operators will be offered service contracts by Circularity Scotland irrespective of their membership status.

Membership of Circularity Scotland is open to producers and return point operators in Scotland, or their trade associations, who meet qualifying thresholds.

For producers, placing more than 10 million containers onto the market in Scotland on an annual basis qualifies for membership.

For return point operators, taking back more than 20 million containers on an annual basis and/or responsibility for more than 500 return points in Scotland on an annual basis, qualifies for membership.

Trade associations representing members who collectively place more than 10 million containers in the territory qualify for membership. Alternatively, those representing members who collectively are responsible for either taking back more than 20 million containers via a return service and/or who collectively are responsible for more than 500 return points in the territory on an annual basis, qualify for membership.

Regardless of membership status, companies will be able to appoint us to act on their behalf to fulfil obligations under the DRS Regulations 2020.

Circularity Scotland is constituted as an independent, not-for-profit company. The very nature of an independent Scheme Administrator is to ensure that no party has an advantage over another and that the scheme is inclusive and run as efficiently and effectively as possible.

We will be led by an independent board of experienced directors and a team of professional executive staff. Members will not manage the day-to-day running of the company or operational aspects of the deposit return scheme. 

Producers and return point operators who do not wish to join as members themselves – or who do not meet the qualifying thresholds – can nominate another organisation or member to represent them within the governance of Circularity Scotland. This is through either a trade association or an approved nominee member.

Members cannot derive any benefit – financial or otherwise – over those who simply ‘appoint’ us as their scheme administrator. There is no obligation on producers to be a member of Circularity Scotland to appoint us as their scheme administrator. Likewise, return point operators will be offered service contracts by Circularity Scotland irrespective of their membership status.

There is no joining fee for members of Circularity Scotland. As a ‘company limited by guarantee’, the liability of any member of the company is limited to £1.