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Boots pilots reverse vending machine

Boots is trialling a deposit return scheme (DRS) at two stores in Perth and Glasgow in Scotland.

The reverse vending machines will allow customers to return empty plastic, metal and glass drink containers in exchange for Boots Advantage Card points.

Containers from 50ml to three litres will be accepted and on depositing their recycling customers will receive a voucher for 10 loyalty points, up to a maximum of 25 containers per transaction. Customers then take their voucher to the till to add their points to their Advantage Card.

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

“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.”

A number of retailers have begun offering or trialling DRS machines in recent months, including Iceland’s focus on PET plastic bottles which contribute to ocean pollution and Co-op offering the service at UK music festivals. Sainsbury’s and Morrisons have also begun offering the technology to customers.