Supermarket giant Tesco launches trial that pays its customers to recycle plastic bottles as part of government push to go greener
- Tesco will trial in-store recycling machines that pay customers 10p per bottle
- Stores in Manchester, Birmingham, Swansea and Edinburgh are taking part
- The trial started today in London and follows similar initiatives by Morrisons
- Won’t make you a millionaire though, is a limit on the number you can recycle
Supermarket giant Tesco is to start paying its customers to bring their plastic bottles back to the store – but its only a trial run.
The retailer, which is Britain’s largest, is stepping up efforts to encourage shoppers to recycle plastic bottles.
In aid of this it will be trialing in-store recycling machines which pay customers for every bottle returned – with the first store to participate giving people 10p per bottle.
It won’t make you a millionaire though, as you can only recycle ten bottles per day.
The first store to participate in the initiative is Borehamwood in the north London. Customers will be paid 10p for every plastic bottle (pictured) they recycle there
There are five Tesco supermarkets taking part in the trial and you do not have to have purchased anything from them to hand in plastic bottles
The trial started at Borehamwood in the north of London today and customers will be paid 10p per bottle there – but payment may vary at other participating stores.
Only a select number of stores will be trialing the ‘reverse vending machines’.
The four others that will be taking part are in Manchester, Birmingham, Swansea and Edinburgh.
From October 3 customers will also be able to reuse their own plastic containers when they buy meat, cheese or fish from deli and fish counters in British stores.
Tesco’s trial follows the launch of similar initiatives by Morrisons, Britain’s No. 4 grocer, the Co-operative, the No. 6 and Iceland, the No. 9.
Tesco has committed to making all its packaging fully recyclable or compostable by 2025.
It also called on the government to introduce a consistent nationwide approach to recycling.