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Tesco trials reverse vending machines


NamNews - Oct 1st 2018, 08:47

Tesco has launched a reverse vending machine trial as part of its efforts to reduce plastic waste and encourage recycling. 

The pilot will initially take place at selected Tesco stores in Borehamwood, Swansea, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham. The first machine opened in Borehamwood yesterday paying 10p for each bottle returned with a limit set at 10 bottles per customer per day.

The move comes amid an increasing drive by the grocery industry to reduce single-use plastic waste, whilst the government is also looking into introducing a national bottle deposit return scheme. Iceland, Morrisons and the Co-op have all been testing reverse vending machine in their stores.

Meanwhile, Tesco also announced another initiative aimed at cutting back on plastic use. From 3 October, its customers will be able to reuse their own plastic containers when they buy meat, cheese or fish from the retailer’s deli and fish counters. Instead of using single-use plastic bags, products will be weighed and wrapped in recyclable paper then placed inside the customer’s container with the price label placed on the paper.

Tesco has committed to making all its packaging fully recyclable or compostable by 2025.

Commenting on its latest initiatives, Jason Tarry, the group’s UK & Ireland Chief Executive said: “We are already committed to eliminating single-use plastic wherever we can and make recycling simpler for customers. Today is another step in that direction."

“However, we know that it is going to take retailers, manufacturers and government to work together to make progress. We would urge the government to move to a single, nationwide approach to waste collection that makes it much easier for people to recycle.”


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