Tesco's brilliant new plastic initiative will earn you money

Reducing our plastic waste has become a key concern for many people in recent years - and now it seems that Tesco is looking to help out with the cause.

The supermarket is now trialling a brilliant new eco-friendly scheme, whereby customers will recieve a financial reward for returning their plastic bottles to a store, from home.

Joining the likes of Aldi and Lidl, the recycling scheme will see a new 'vending machine' placed in Tesco stores around the country, which will pay customers 10p for each bottle they return.

Only bottles up to 750ml will be accepted, and each customer is allowed to return up to ten bottles a day - meaning you could get up to a £1 simply by bringing your old bottles along with you on your weekly shop.

So where is the scheme being trialled? The Tesco stores in Birmingham, Manchester, Borehamwood, Swansea and Edinburgh will be the first to get the new plastic recycling machines, with the notion that they may be rolled out across the country if successful.

Tesco CEO Jason Terry said of the move, "We are already committed to eliminating single use plastic wherever we can and make recycling simpler for customers. Today is another step in that direction.

"However, we know that it is going to take retailers, manufacturers and government to work together to make progress. We would urge the government to move to a single, nationwide approach to waste collection that makes it much easier for people to recycle."

Tesco is not the first big supermarket to create such an initiative however. Earlier in the year, Iceland introduced the very first UK plastic bottle return scheme.

And of course, Waitrose famously pledged to remove all of their disposable takeaway coffee cups from stores a few months ago, to encourage shoppers to bring their own reusable container in.

Lidl has also stopped the use of black plastic bags in their stores, which were previously being used for fruits and vegetables.

What do you think of the new plastic-reducing measures?

Amy Hunt
Amy Hunt

Amy Hunt is an experienced digital journalist, currently working as Life Channel Editor at womanandhome.com. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on other women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly, Goodto.com, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on womanandhome.com. 

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