DRS to be introduced

New top team for Envipco ahead of recycling scheme

Spencer Roberts & Barry Stewart

Leading team: Spencer Roberts & Barry Stewart


International reverse vending machine (RVM) manufacturer Envipco has made two senior appointments to lead its UK operations ahead of the introduction of deposit return schemes (DRS) in Scotland and the wider UK. 

The decision to appoint Spencer Roberts as UK managing director and Barry Stewart as Scottish operations manager, follows the success of a three-month RVM trial in three Scottish Central Belt convenience stores, in partnership with the Scottish Grocers Federation.

Bob Lincoln, president of Envipco, remarked: “Envipco has been working hard in Scotland to support the development of a DRS. Our commitment to Scotland is about supporting retailers of all sizes to manage the introduction of the deposit return scheme through fit-for-purpose technology.” 

The new senior hires for its UK team demonstrate a commitment to supporting Scotland’s drive to be at the forefront of an efficient, accessible and creative circular economy that benefits the environment, consumers, and retailers alike.

Envipco will also be launching an operations centre (inclusive of demo RVMs) in Newbridge, Edinburgh in early Summer and has started to recruit the Scottish team in preparation for the roll-out of the DRS in Scotland.

US-based Envipco has pioneered breakthrough, industry-leading innovations such as bulk-feed reverse vending, industry leading compaction technology and the smallest footprint RVM geared specifically towards the Convenience market. Envipco currently operates in five continents and its customers include some of the world’s largest retailers.

Mr Roberts joins Envipco with extensive senior management experience of retail technology. Barry Stewart, a native of Edinburgh, joins the team from a background of operations management roles in waste & recycling, agriculture and civil work.

Mr Roberts said: “I’m excited by the positioning and potential of Envipco in the UK market and its ability to contribute to a successful DRS, with ‘game changer’ products like ‘Flex’ that enable easy recycling in a Convenience Store environment.”

MrStewart, added: “I’m delighted to take on this role at such an exciting time. Scotland is taking big strides in terms of circular economy innovation, and my job is to ensure that Envipco is the leading provider of technology and customer support.

“Not only do reverse vending machines provide an accessible method for the consumer, but our technology is an industry leader in supporting both small retailers – of which Scotland has an extremely high number – and larger store formats.”

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