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Recycling boss rakes in 'outrageous' salary for overseeing deposit return scheme

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The boss of a company in charge of a controversial recycling scheme has been blasted after he was revealed to be earning £300,000 per year.

David Harris and other executives at Circularity Scotland Ltd (CSL) will receive a combined £670,000 in annual salary and fees.The company was set up as a non-profit by the Scottish Government to administer the deposit return scheme (DRS), which has faced repeated delays and questions over its operation.

The scheme involves shoppers paying an extra 20p when purchasing drinks in a can or bottle, with the deposit returned when they bring back the empty container for recycling.Industry figures have criticised the scheme, and two of the SNP leadership candidates – Kate Forbes and Ash Regan – have said it should be rethought or put on hold.

Humza Yousaf has said small producers should initially be exempt.Blair Bowman, a whisky industry consultant and a vocal critic of the DRS, said: "No wonder David Harris is so desperate to make sure DRS isn’t halted.

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