Tesco trials reverse vending machines

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The machines will be trialled in selected stores across the country

Tesco has begun trialling in-store recycling machines which will pay customers for every plastic bottle returned.

Trials will take place at selected stores in Borehamwood, Swansea, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham and will pay 10p for bottles returned.

Customers will also be able to reuse their own plastic containers when they buy meat, cheese or fish from the deli and fish counters, a move introduced by Morrisons earlier this year.

Instead of single-use plastic bags, products will instead be weight and wrapped in recyclable paper.

Jason Tarry, Tesco UK and Republic of Ireland CEO, 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.”

Tesco, which is a signatory of the UK Plastics Pact has promised to make all packaging fully recyclable or compostable by 2025.

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