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Reverse vending machine trial a success

The Independent is reporting a trial of ‘reverse vending machines’ that issue vouchers for returned bottles and cans has been a success, according to Iceland.

Machines were installed in May at stores in Fulham, Wolverhampton, Musselburgh and Mold, and by November, each was collecting an average of more than 500 bottles per day, issuing a 10 pence voucher for each.

Richard Walker, Iceland’s joint MD, said the supermarket would “be sharing our findings with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and across the industry to ensure any nationwide schemes are comprehensive and effective in tackling single-use plastics.”