Aldi trials recycling deposit return scheme

Aldi is trialling its first deposit return scheme, in a move which will allow customers to return bottles and cans for recycling in exchange for a voucher to be redeemed against their shopping.

Customers will be encouraged to return their recyclable items (single-use PET plastic or glass bottles and aluminium drinks cans) to the reverse vending machine at the Bathgate store in West Lothian, Scotland.

For each item deposited, customers will receive 10p in the form of a voucher, up to a maximum of £5.

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The Scottish Parliament recently voted in favour of introducing a deposit return scheme for Scotland, meaning it will be the first part of the UK to introduce a deposit return scheme for drinks containers.

Scotland’s deposit return scheme is due to begin in July 2022 and as part of its trial, Aldi will gather key insights in preparation for the launch.

“We’re always looking for new ways to look after our environment and promote recycling whenever possible,” said Richard Holloway, regional managing director for Aldi Scotland.

“We hope local customers in Bathgate will embrace this trial and we will use their feedback to inform our plans as we prepare for the deposit return scheme roll out in Scotland.”

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