Lidl Ireland Launches First Deposit Return Scheme

by Amy Rohu

Lidl Ireland have launched their first deposit return scheme in Glenageary, South County Dublin, writes Amy Rohu.

The machines, which are a first for the store in Ireland and are operating on a trial basis, will enable customers to deposit used plastic bottles and aluminium cans in return for money-back vouchers redeemable in-store.

The reverse vending machines are simple to use and will accept both plastic PET drinks bottles and aluminium cans purchased at Lidl and in other retailers. For every unit deposited a customer will receive a €0.10 voucher in return with a maximum voucher limit of €2.

The machine can collect and process up to 17,000 units a week which is representative of approximately 1,500 tonnes in a year when rolled out to Lidl’s 170 stores nationwide.

Commenting at the launch, Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications said:

“A successful Deposit and Return Scheme will not only help us to reach ambitious recycling targets and to reduce litter but will foster the behavioural changes we will need to make a transition to a circular economy. I wish Lidl every success with this initiative.”

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