Tesco to trial paying customers who recycle 10p per plastic bottle - MSE News

edited 14 October 2020 at 1:13PM in Gone Off!
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  • Wizard_of_IdWizard_of_Id
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    No tesco near me so even if the nearest one was doing it, it still would not draw me to go there.

    This kind of thing has to be nationwide with all plastic bottles being accepted at all outlets or it just won't work.
  • Zero_SumZero_Sum Forumite
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    So could i buy a multipack of coca cola a say farmfoods then cash in at tesco?

    Not that it matters as i dont live anywhere near the trial stores
  • mjm3346mjm3346 Forumite
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    I can never understand why we still have plastic wrapped multi packs - surely the technology is there so that is you buy a single can you're charged once price & if you buy a set multiple then you're charged another

    It is easier (therefore cheaper) to handle/stack/carry/store multi packs than it is individual cans.

  • VT82VT82 Forumite
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    mjm3346 wrote: »
    It is easier (therefore cheaper) to handle/stack/carry/store multi packs than it is individual cans.
    I'm sure what was is proposed is already done in Spanish supermarkets though (at least for the cervezas that I've bought!).
  • zerogzerog Forumite
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    So instead of recycling them at home I now have to bring bottles to Tesco. At least there's a higher chance they will actually get recycled now, since I suspect the council just dump our "recycling" bin into the regular rubbish.
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    dekaspace wrote: »
    Yep same at mine, I used to stockpile cans and take like 100+ in at once even pick them off the streets for that extra few pence.
    I used to work with somebody who would raid all the bins in the works canteen for cans, take them home and then to Tesco as she was temping and on a tight budget. Some of us got wind of this and used to leave our cans in a carrier bag under her workstation - every little helps really was true in that case.

    I'd have to go out of my way a bit for a Tesco so not for me.
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  • MrsStepfordMrsStepford Forumite
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    Interesting, as we saved all our food and drink cans for a year and took them to the local scrapyard. For 25 kilos we got 2.50. So we just put them in council recycling now.

    Ocado pays 5p for every supermarket single use bag, as they recycle them to make more Ocado bags. Most I've had is 85p knocked off final bill.

    In the Auchan near Boulogne, there used to be a machine where you could get paid for recycling wine bottles. My father would save his wine bottles in the garage and when we went over he would get enough for coffees.
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  • PasturesNewPasturesNew Forumite
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    I'd just stick my occasional bottle in the regular recycling bin .... nobody wants to go faffing about getting the right bottle, having it with you, going over to some machine ..... when there's a perfectly good recycling bin in the garden that you can toss them into and forget.
  • Wizard_of_IdWizard_of_Id
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    If you live in Leeds there is a centre car park that will give you 20p a bottle off the price of your parking so double the return from Tesco and you can use any bottle as long as it is over 500ml :D
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    The TOMRA machines at Tesco were pretty good, but were unreliable and not all Tesco stores had them, generally only Extra stores due to the footprint.
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