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August 8, 2019

Boots UK launches Deposit Return Scheme trial in Scotland

Health and beauty retailer and pharmacy chain Boots UK has launched a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) trial in two of its stores in Scotland.

By Deborah Williams

Health and beauty retailer and pharmacy chain Boots UK has launched a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) trial in two of its stores in Scotland.

Boots has installed reverse vending machines at its Perth High Street and Glasgow Sauchiehall Street locations. Customers are able to return empty plastic, glass and metal drink containers, ranging from 50ml up to three litres. For every deposit made, up to a maximum of 25 containers per transaction, customers will receive a voucher containing ten Boots Advantage Card points.

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

How other retailers are implementing a DRS

As the UK moves towards a potential nationwide DRS, many UK retailers are now introducing DRS trials.

This summer, UK retailer Co-op partnered with Norwegian multinational recycling solutions corporation TOMRA to improve festival sustainability by launching a DRS trial with reverse vending machines at Co-op pop-up stores at seven major UK music festivals.

Last year, UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s launched a reverse vending recycling trial at its Lincoln Superstore in the East Midlands and later trialled the system at its Braehead Superstore in Glasgow, Scotland.

UK supermarket chain Morrisons also trialled reverse vending machines for six months to allow shoppers to recycle single-use plastic bottles.

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