A waste firm has started legal action to recover more than £200m from Scottish Ministers over the loss it suffered from investing in the failed bottle recycling scheme. 

Lawyers for Biffa Waste Services Ltd addressed judge Lord Clark at the Court of Session on Tuesday.

The company has decided to go to Scotland’s highest civil court because it believes the Holyrood government is responsible for it incurring a £150m loss.

It wants compensation for the money it invested in the collapsed deposit return scheme (DRS) and the subsequent loss of profit.

The firm believes the Scottish Government misrepresented the scheme when it assured Biffa it would go ahead.

The firm is said to have relied on personal assurances from Green Party co-leader Lorna Slater as a reason to invest £55m in vehicles and equipment to prepare for the DRS, before she scrapped it in June 2023.

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