Canary Wharf launches one of the UK's first deposit return schemes

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Only 43% of the 13billion plastic bottles sold each year in the UK are recycled

Visitors to Canary Wharf will now be able to recycle their single-use plastic bottles and cans using a deposit return machine.

Positioned in Canada Place, the Canary Wharf Group claim the machine is the first of its type in the UK.

It uses a 360-degree scanning recognition system to identify, segregate, collect and process the waste drink collectors.

Users will be rewarded with vouchers and discounts planned to roll out in the next few months.

The machine is in response to feedback from Canary Wharf’s customer research undertaken last year as part of World Environment Day.

Currently, only 43% of the 13billion plastic bottles sold each year in the UK are recycled, with 700,000 littered each day.

Lugano Kapembwa, sustainability manager at the Canary Wharf Group, says: “We are proud to be the first in the UK to launch the Deposit Return Scheme to give our shoppers the opportunity to recycle their single-use plastic and metal. From our research we know that visitors to the Estate want to do more for the environment.”

Canary Wharf Group is currently running a 12 month ‘one-use plastics’ reduction and behavioural change campaign.


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