Co-op launches reverse vending machines at UK summer festivals

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The Co-op reverse vending machines

Co-op will become the first UK retailer to launch a deposit return scheme (DRS) trial with reverse vending machines at four music festivals this summer.

Working with Festival Republic, the reverse vending machines will be installed at Co-op pop up stores at Download, Latitude and Reading and Leeds festivals.

Plastic bottles sold at the pop-up stores will have a mandatory deposit added to the price, with visitors able to return them to the reverse vending machine in exchange for a voucher to spend in the on-site stores.

Bottles collected at each festival will then go on to be recycled to create bottles for Co-op’s own brand bottled water.

Jo Whitfield, retail CEO and Co-op said: “We’re committed to giving our customers ways to make more ethical choices, so this is a hugely exciting milestone in our sustainability journey to achieve our future aim of making all of our food packaging 100% recyclable.”

Co-op has pledged to make 100% of its own-brand packaging easy to recycle by 2025 and will also eliminate the use of black and dark plastics from its shelves by 2020.


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