Sainsbury’s trials reverse vending recycling in Braehead, Scotland

11 July 2019 (Last Updated July 11th, 2019 13:02)

Sainsbury's has taken its reverse vending recycling trial to its Braehead superstore in Glasgow, Scotland, as part an on-going aim to cut plastic use.

Sainsbury’s trials reverse vending recycling in Braehead, Scotland
Sainsbury’s launched its Reverse Vending Recycling trial in Glasgow, Scotland. Credit: J Sainsbury plc.

Sainsbury’s has taken its reverse vending recycling trial to its Braehead superstore in Glasgow, Scotland, as part an ongoing aim to cut plastic use.

The UK supermarket chain claims to have undertaken a series of measures that involve the removal, reuse, replacement and recycling of plastic.

The move sees the Braehead superstore become the first shop in Scotland to offer the service.

As part of the pilot, aluminium drinks cans and plastic bottles of up to 3l can be returned in exchange for 5p coupons that can be discounted from customers’ shopping.

The retailer will allow a maximum of 500 items to be deposited on each visit, allowing for a customer saving of up to £25 a time.

Sainsbury’s brand director Judith Batchelar said: “We’re delighted to offer a new way to help our customers recycle while saving on their shop.”

Last month, Sainsbury’s launched the reverse vending recycling trial at two stores in England, with outlets in Lincoln and Hull selected for the scheme.

In the same month, the retailer also announced its commitment to remove an additional 1,284t of plastic across its operations this year by removing plastic bags used for its loose fruit, vegetable and bakery items.

In April, Sainsbury’s announced several measures to tackle plastic waste by removing and replacing difficult-to-recycle dark coloured plastics by March 2020.