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.”