Bottle return scheme

Sainsbury’s extends recycling trial to Glasgow store

Sainsbury's recycling machine

Reverse vending machines offer coupons


Sainsbury’s has extended a recycling scheme to its store at Braehead, Glasgow, giving coupons to customers who return plastic bottles up to three litres in size and drinks cans bought from the company.

Up to 500 items can be deposited per customer, which means customers could save up to £25 off their shopping, although few are likely to return bottles in this quantity. Each bottle earns 5p.

The Reverse Vending Recycling trial is already operating elsewhere, including Lincoln and Hull and is the latest in a line of steps Sainsbury’s is taking as part of its drive to cut plastic by removing, reusing, replacing and recycling.

All of its own brand flushable wipes are plastic-free and compliant with industry guidelines which are recognised across the UK and Europe.

It was one of the first UK retailers to only offer own brand cotton buds with paper stems to help rid the seas of plastic

Last month it announced it was the first UK supermarket to remove plastic bags for loose fruit, vegetables and bakery items from all stores, offering paper and re-usable bags made from recycled materials and removing 489 tonnes’ worth plastic.

The company also updated on its progress with removing and replacing plastic packaging, which totals over 10,000 tonnes this year

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