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This summer we’re excited to become the first major grocer to trial a plastic bottle deposit and return scheme (DRS) with reverse vending machines. The machines will be installed in our Co-op pop-up shops at four music festivals and is part of our commitment to increase recycling and reduce waste.
The machines will be in the Co-op pop-up shops at
- Download Festival – 8-10 June
- Latitude Festival – 12-15 July
- Leeds and Reading Festivals 24-26 August
Plastic bottles sold at our Co-op pop-up shops will have a deposit added to the price, with festival goers then able to return their empty bottles to the reverse vending machine in exchange for a voucher to spend back in-store, or they can choose to donate the value to charity. The bottles collected at each festival will then go on to be recycled to create new bottles for Co-op branded water.
We know that the issues of waste, packaging and recyclability are a big concern for our members and customers. Last year Co-op Members voted to make 100% of our packaging easy to recycle.
Our Co-op branded water makes a difference to communities around the world. We donate 3p for every litre sold water to The One Foundation and, 1p for every litre sold of branded water to Water Unite.
Last year alone raised over £1.7 million to fund clean, safe, water projects.
Read more about reducing impacts at our Co-op