Boots rolls out reverse plastic bottle vending machines

Its deposit return scheme (DRS), which is being trialled at stores in Perth and Glasgow, reward customers who deposit plastic, glass and metal drinks containers with Boots Advantage Cards points.

The reverse vending machines will accept containers from 50ml to three litres and a maximum of 25 containers per transaction.

For each bottle, customers will receive 10 loyalty points on a voucher, which they can then take to the till and add to their Advantage Card.

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Usually customers receive four loyalty points per £1 spent in Boots, meaning each bottle is the equivalent of £2.50 spent in store.

One loyalty point is also equal to 1p.

“We are pleased to be able to trial another way for customers to recycle their plastic, metal and glass drink containers,” Boots’ transformation director Paul Dunne said.

“This is an opportunity for us to review the operational impact on installations of reverse vending machines in our stores, as well as the practicalities of running a Deposit Return Scheme on the high street.”

Numerous grocers have already begun trialling DRS machines amid a sector-wide effort to improve sustainability and reduce plastic waste.

Iceland, Co-op, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons have rolled out similar initiatives over the past year.

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