Sainsbury's launches first glass deposit return scheme trial

Written by: Jemima Tottle | Published:
TOMRA's Mark Brill tests out the machine

A trial of reverse vending technology which accepts glass bottles, PET bottles and cans has launched at Sainsbury’s supermarket in Newbury, Berkshire.

It comes just a month after Defra released the results of its consultation into a deposit return scheme (DRS) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland which revealed strong public support for a scheme which collected a broad range of materials.

Sainsbury’s has offered a 5p coupon for every qualifying drinks container which is returned to the machine.

The trial will take place with TOMRA Collection Solutions UK and Ireland, using its T-70 dual machine.

Truls Haug, managing director of TOMRA Collection UK & Ireland, said: “Showing how three materials can be easily collected in stores with TOMRA reverse vending technology is an important learning for retailers and consumers as we move towards an all-inclusive deposit return scheme in the UK, starting with Scotland.”

“We look forward to hearing feedback from shoppers and Sainsbury’s staff as the trial progresses.”


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