Reverse Vending Machines to be Installed in Tesco Kerry Stores

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Customers can return recyclable empty containers to four Tesco supermarkets in Kerry using recently installed reverse vending machines.

The Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) devices will be available in-store at both of Tesco’s Tralee and Killarney locations. Customers can retrieve a deposit that will be added to empty plastic bottles, steel cans, and aluminum containers bearing the “Re-Turn” emblem in Tesco stores starting on February 1.

They were successfully tested in other supermarkets before being introduced in Kerry.

“We have put in a lot of work and invested €15 million to be prepared for February 1st,” stated Darrin Honer, the country operations manager for Tesco Ireland. “Our customers will find our indoor machines more convenient and comfortable, and our colleagues will be available to assist customers throughout the process.”

Tesco has committed to running its own business net-zero by 2035. By 2050, it aims to reduce all of its emissions, including those brought on by the goods it sells.

With the implementation of DRS, consumers purchasing plastic bottles, aluminum cans, or steel cans will automatically be assessed a modest refundable deposit, which they can subsequently retrieve by returning the empty container. This charge will take effect on February 1st.

According to Tesco Ireland, it has been working with Re-turn Ireland continuously and conducted successful trials in its Malahide Express shop and Tesco Extra store in Drogheda between June and October of last year.

Tesco Ireland’s Country Operations Manager, Darrin Honer, discussed the initiative, saying: “We have been working hard and investing €15m to be ready for February 1.”

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