Aldi’s shares 11 tips to help shoppers with Deposit Return Scheme

From L-R: Minister of State Ossian Smyth & Plastic and Packaging Manager, Jason Carolan at the launch of ALDI’s Deposit Return Scheme at Aldi's Sallynoggin store

Over 480,000 drink containers already recycled through Aldi machines under Deposit Return Scheme



11 March 2024

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Since first launching, Aldi customers have recycled more than 480,000 bottles and cans through the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), all of which were correctly marked with the Re-turn logo.

Over €37,500 of deposits were claimed by Aldi customers in the first month of the scheme, either redeemed directly as cash or taken off their shopping bill.

Aldi’s top 11 tips for shoppers 

Aldi’s Jason Carolan, plastic and packaging manager’s top tips and tricks for shoppers who are still coming to terms with the new scheme:

1/ Empty containers marked with the Re-turn logo can be returned to the reverse vending machine at any participating retailer, regardless of where the item was originally purchased, meaning Aldi accept items from other supermarkets and brands.

2/ There are three exceptions where a drinks container won’t be accepted by a reverse vending machine:

a/ The product is damaged and cannot be processed

b/ The container is not registered as part of the DRS

c/ The container is not within the required specifications

3/ If there is no Re-turn logo currently on a product, it means the product was produced before the new scheme and won’t be accepted. Simply put – at Aldi, no logo means no deposit!

4/ Aldi has installed convenient external units at 71 of its 161 stores nationwide.

5/ There is no limit on how many vouchers you can collect or use at any time. Vouchers can be redeemed in store at Aldi against your shop or for cash. However, shoppers should remember that the voucher must be redeemed at the location it was received.

6/ There is no expiry date on the vouchers.

7/ While shoppers should not crush their empty items, the machine will accept ones which are slightly damaged so long as the barcode can be read.

8/ While consumers should empty their items before returning, they do not need to be cleaned.

9/ Items can be returned with or without lids.

10/ If shoppers order any drink products with a deposit through Aldi’s ‘Click and Collect’ service, they can return these through its reverse vending machines when they next visit an Aldi store, or to any other participating retailer.

11/ All Aldi store teams are trained in using the reverse vending machines and are on hand to troubleshoot any issues that a customer is having with a machine.

Read more: Deposit Return Scheme: No VAT on deposit for retailers



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