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Lidl: 10c for used bottles and cans

  • 03-09-2021 8:50pm
    Registered Users Posts: 19,649 ✭✭✭✭zell12

    The reverse vending machines will accept both plastic PET drinks bottles and aluminium cans. For every unit deposited a customer will receive a €0.10 voucher in return with a maximum voucher limit of €2.

    Currently only Lidl in Glenageary will accept empty cans and bottles



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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,478 ✭✭✭Bazzy

    Yeah we go to Germany pre covid and my brother in law drops over a crate of beer to the place we rent the first year I had them in the rental car empty asking where the bottle bank was

    oh how he laughed!!

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,864 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    It's an arse if you're miles from a Lidl as I am.

    I can see these things being choc a block with bottles and not being cleared out in a timely way as per usual Irish style.

  • Registered Users Posts: 613 ✭✭✭Housefree

    Not many Irish working in Lidl so it might be ok, in saying that the coffee machines are always out of order

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,864 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    I very much doubt the people working the store will have anything to do with clearing out or maintaining these machines.

    Maybe people wont leave bags of bottles after them at full machines like they do at bins and bottle banks, they'd hate to see someone else profit from their bottles.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,864 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    A sting in the tail of the Scottish rollout of these.

    "Users are rewarded with shopping vouchers worth 10p for each undamaged empty plastic or glass bottle or aluminium can originally bought in Lidl. "

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  • Registered Users Posts: 834 ✭✭✭doc22

    this will more than likely mean an increase prices of canned and bottled goods and hassle for those of us that already recycle getting deposits back😫

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,291 ✭✭✭✭rubadub

    I remember getting money for bottles in dunnes in cornelscourt in the 80s, I was only a kid so cannot remember the details.

    I bring all my cans to the bottle bans already, I can empty a big bag really quickly. I am guessing this machine will take several seconds for each one. I imagine it will be getting full quickly so you will not only have queues but people having to bring big sacks of stuff back home again. I know there is a limit so people might not bring huge bags just yet, but when this ridiculous scheme comes into law they will.

    They should be encouraging reUSE of bottles anyway.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,706 ✭✭✭Nyum Nyum

    "It is anticipated that when the national scheme is fully operational a deposit in the region of 20 cents will be added to the cost of all beverages sold in cans and plastic bottles nationwide." 🙄

  • Registered Users Posts: 242 ✭✭jbv

    Growing up, it was a nice steady income as a kid. Clearing the storage and getting money for it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,466 ✭✭✭Notch000

    i was in Santiago Chile 12 years ago, a very larger beer bottle in a shop was a roughly bout 0.75C and there was a 50C security bottle one each single bottle. Generous tourist used to donate the emptys them to the homeless and everyone was happy. Zero waste.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,462 ✭✭✭✭Muahahaha

    I wonder how the machine will accept cans. I use a can crusher at home, will the machines accept cans crushed up? I would use it if it did but if they have to be full size I wouldnt as Im generally on a motorbike and bringing a big bag of empty cans in a backpack would be a pain.

    Its still a good idea but agree with the poster above that if it gets rolled out by all the supermarkets then we'll likely see the cost of green bins go up.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,702 ✭✭✭daheff

    depends on the bottle. Some are 10c some 25c some even 50c!!

    but I've noticed on my last few visits that more and more are being issued without a pfand.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,626 ✭✭✭Chris_5339762

    This has been going on on the continent for so many years now and I've always been bewildered why it doesn't happen here. We are most definitely the outliers.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,462 ✭✭✭✭Muahahaha

    ah right, I wouldnt be bringing a rake of cans down on a motorbike unless I could crush them first.

    If we already have green bins for putting aluminium cans into what is the purpose of these machines? Is it just to drive footfall to the supermarkets so people go in to spend money?

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,536 ✭✭✭✭Del2005

    People leave full camping gear in fields after festivals, go to pubs to pay €6 to drink from a plastic glass at home and you think that a 10c refund will change them.

    What will happen is that some people will tip all the bins over to see if they have bottles or cans for the deposit and leave the rest of the rubbish on the ground. Someone who leaves a used nappy in public isn't going to bring bottles home and then to a shop.

  • Registered Users Posts: 77,928 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    I don't know, for LIDL it's just a €1700 a week PR exercise for that branch, not sure what their aim is. For me it would mean me polluting more to make trips to these places to offload items I currently am recycling through the green bins with zero issue.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,239 ✭✭✭Pussyhands

    This is one of those things that seems revolutionary yet doesn't really have much of a benefit at the end of the day.

    I don't think 10c per can is going to get many more people recycling that didn't already recycle.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,239 ✭✭✭Pussyhands

    It's advertising. Go walk around Lidl and you'll find an endless list of items where there is insane levels of wrapping/plastic.

    First thing you see when you walk in the door is wraps and sandwiches packed in plastic containers. Could they not wrap them in paper packaging or some tin foil?

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