Sainsbury’s has introduced new reverse vending machines where customers can return their unwanted bottles and cans to stores in exchange for vouchers. For savvy savers who have saved up their recyclable goods, there is the potential to get up to £25 off a shop per visit. For each item recycled, a 5p voucher will be rewarded. Up to 500 products can be returned at a time, meaning £25 can be made to use off shopping at the supermarket.
The trial is currently being tested in its Lincoln superstore, but Sainsbury’s said it plans on extending this over the next few weeks into at least four other locations.
Plastic bottles of up to three litres can be deposited, as well as metal cans.
The only catch is that whatever is recycled must be available to buy in Sainsbury’s.
This includes any big brands customers can buy in store, as well as Sainsbury’s-own products.
Own-brands from other supermarkets will not be accepted.
The news of the reverse vending machines was announced today in a tweet from shopping giant.
The supermarket said: “News just in: we’re trialling something new at our Lincoln Superstore.
“One of many steps we’re taking to remove, reuse, replace and recycle plastic.”
This next step to help keep the planet green comes just days after Sainsbury’s announced plans to get rid of plastic on loose fruit and vegetables.
Customers buying loose fruit and vegetables will either be able to bring their own bags or buy a re-usable bag made from recycled materials.
This process will see the removal of removing 489 tonnes’ worth of plastic bags.
By September, paper bags will be available to customers for loose bakery items.
Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe said: “We are absolutely committed to reducing unnecessary plastic packaging in Sainsbury’s stores.
“Our customers expect us to be leading the way on major issues like this, so I am determined to remove and replace plastic packaging where we can and offer alternatives to plastic where packaging is still required to protect a product.”