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    • MSE Callum
    • By MSE Callum 7th Jun 19, 4:17 PM
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    Sainsburys trials reverse vending machines which pay 5p per plastic bottle or can - MSE News
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    Sainsburys trials reverse vending machines which pay 5p per plastic bottle or can - MSE News 7th Jun 19 at 4:17 PM
    Sainsbury’s has launched a reverse vending recycling trial which allows customers to return plastic bottles and drinks cans in exchange for 5p coupons towards their shop - and you could make up to £25 per trip...
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    • glider3560
    • By glider3560 7th Jun 19, 7:45 PM
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    Does no-one remember Tesco's "green clubcard points" scheme from about 10-12 years ago? They had reverse vending machines in some of their car parks. One clubcard point (1p) for every two items recycled.

    I recall reading about one couple paying for a first class holiday just by recycling.

    Machines got scrapped due to abuse (and lack of profitability) in the end.

    I've used similar machines overseas and they are nearly always tucked away with the intention that shops don't want to pay to take your rubbish away when the local council will take it as kerbside recycling for free (e.g. in Tallinn, Estonia I couldn't find a machine in any city centre supermarket, until I got directed to the far end of the top floor of a shopping centre car park by a local, the machines were in a little cupboard without any signposting with no lights inside the cupboard).

    • dlusman
    • By dlusman 7th Jun 19, 9:16 PM
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    • 7th Jun 19, 9:16 PM
    Several companies ( including Tesco & Morrisons in addition to this new Sainsburys scheme ) are currently running small trials of reverse vending
    https://www.lovemoney.com/news/81525/supermarkets-pay-you-recycle-bottle-return-deposit-plastic-bag
    • falcieri
    • By falcieri 8th Jun 19, 4:32 PM
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    • 8th Jun 19, 4:32 PM
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    • 8th Jun 19, 4:32 PM
    I think these are a great idea but I suspect widely open to abuse as you say. I was trying to think of ways I could get hold of more bottles and cans to recycle to give me a little bit of wiggle room on my £70 a month food budget.



    That said, surely if it keeps more rubbish off the streets and into containers it has to be good long term if it's being honestly recycled. If every supermarket did it right across the country at its superstores it would have to be a good thing surely?



    I often feel that the only incentive for recycling is people making money and until businesses find legitmate way to make cash out of recycling we're never going to be very good at it because at the end of the day everything comes down to profit margins.
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    • By K80 Black 10th Jun 19, 1:34 PM
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    • 10th Jun 19, 1:34 PM
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    • 10th Jun 19, 1:34 PM
    I welcome it. I lived in Canada for a while, where they had deposits on bottles and cans - no litter on the streets as homeless people used to gather them all up to recycle.
    • never too old
    • By never too old 10th Jun 19, 2:18 PM
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    • 10th Jun 19, 2:18 PM
    Afternoon all

    Where are Sainsburys trialing this?i cant see the information in that article?
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    • Diamandis
    • By Diamandis 10th Jun 19, 4:06 PM
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    • 10th Jun 19, 4:06 PM
    Only in Lincoln at the moment.
    • k4ren2006
    • By k4ren2006 10th Jun 19, 11:42 PM
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    We're lucky enough to have a reverse pop bottle vending machine at our local Tesco. There's always a queue to use it and it even gets full so I really think this is a great idea (plus there's the added bonus of money off your shop)
    • never too old
    • By never too old 11th Jun 19, 1:51 PM
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    We're lucky enough to have a reverse pop bottle vending machine at our local Tesco. There's always a queue to use it and it even gets full so I really think this is a great idea (plus there's the added bonus of money off your shop)
    Originally posted by k4ren2006
    what area are you in if you dont mind me asking?
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    • KxMx
    • By KxMx 11th Jun 19, 2:55 PM
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    20 odd years ago as a child in the USA I would go out specially looking for bottles and cans that I could take to the supermarket for a credit note back.

    Many countries run these schemes successfully and it is long over due here.

    Before the carrier bag charge came into force there were many moans and negative scenarios imagined, very few of which have come true!
    • tboo
    • By tboo 11th Jun 19, 6:48 PM
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    I remember as a small child taking back glass bottles to get enough money back to buy some sweets

    Tescos used to have lorries in the carpark weighing aluminum cans and you would get 1p for each one

    Germany have vending machines - you pay an extra 25c on the bottle then take it to Lidl (could be more but only know of this one as daughter shopped in it) and you get a coupon to use against your shopping
    Sometimes there were promotions on bottles/cans that were cheaper than the 25c rebate
    and there was definitely no litter in the streets, not that I saw as possibly others picked up the discarded bottles to take back or people didnt want to litter

    My daughter did this on cans of pop and was given more money back than what she bought them for


    I tell you we are reverting back to the old days
    “You’re only here for a short visit.
    Don’t hurry, don't worry and be sure to smell the flowers along the way.”
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    • never too old
    • By never too old 12th Jun 19, 9:24 AM
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    20 odd years ago as a child in the USA I would go out specially looking for bottles and cans that I could take to the supermarket for a credit note back.

    Many countries run these schemes successfully and it is long over due here.

    Before the carrier bag charge came into force there were many moans and negative scenarios imagined, very few of which have come true!
    Originally posted by KxMx
    Morning
    last year whilst in New York i saw a homeless person going through the bins to collect bottles. I went to hand her my bottle so she could put it directly in her bag and she knocked it out of my hand onto the floor so i still had to put in the bin

    I cant wait for these schemes to roll out in my area
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 12th Jun 19, 9:30 AM
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    It's just a gimmick. it's unworkable 99% of the time and unusable for 99% of bottles. It's just a marketing ploy so they appear to be "walking the walk", but all they're really doing is "talking the talk".

    They're trying to lure people in with a headline, when the devil's in the detail and most people will not be able to benefit from it at all. A few will be fooled into going out of their way to using it and feeling that they've "got something for nothing + saved the planet", but, if they think about it, if they'd popped those bottles in their regular recycling they'd have never got the car out and driven to Sainsbobs and then never gone in and bought that "treat for being good" ... and all for 5-10p.

    Marketing sleight of hand and magic tricks.
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