Tesco, Aldi and Morrisons are among the retailers taking part in a recycling trial in Welshpool, Powys, which is believed to be the largest trial of a digital deposit return scheme to date.
The three-month trial, which was first reported by The Grocer, will offer shoppers 10p to return empty drinks containers including, for the first time, glass and cartons.
People will be able to claim their 10p coupon for returning used containers through a dedicated app.
The trial will start in September and cover 3,000 households and around 800 SKUs sold by retailers.
Shoppers will scan returned products and then drop them off to be recycled at curbside collection points across the Welsh town.
For the duration of the trial, retailers will not have to pay for the deposit on returned products but they will have to if the scheme is rolled out more widely.
Circularity Solutions chief executive Duncan Midwood, who is leading the trial on behalf of the DDRS Alliance, said 200,000 items are expected to be returned through the scheme and called it a “landmark moment” in the development of digital recycling schemes.
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