Aldi trials bottle return scheme

Aldi has announced it is trialling its first deposit return scheme at its Bathgate store in West Lothian, Scotland.

Under the new scheme, customers can return bottles and cans in exchange for a voucher to be redeemed against their shopping.

The budget retailer said that shoppers are encouraged to return single-use PET plastic or glass bottles from 50ml up to three litres, and aluminium drinks cans, to its reverse vending machine in the Bathgate store car park.

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

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

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