Supermarket giant, Sainsbury’s, has announced it will be trialling reverse vending at its Lincoln store that will collect plastic bottles and metal cans from customers.
Shoppers will receive a five pence voucher for purchases in stores for each bottle or can returned.
Sainsbury’s also plans to roll out thereverse vendingscheme at four more stores, with possible plans to extend the pilot to stores across the UK.
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.”
We are absolutely committed to reducing unnecessary plastic packaging in Sainsbury’s stores.
Sainsbury’s recently shared bold commitments for removing and replacing plastic, while ensuring as many of its products as possible are made from recycled material and are recyclable after use.
This included a pledge to end the use of dark coloured plastics (which are difficult to recycle) across fresh foods by the end of 2019 and entirely by March 2020. Today Sainsbury’s has confirmed black plastic trays will be replaced with recyclable alternatives by the end of the year, with black ready-meal trays replaced within the next two months.
Last week the sortcommitted to cutting a further 1,284 tonnes of plastic this year.