Coles rolls out ‘reverse vending machines’ for bottles, cans in Victoria

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Coles Shoppers can put some coins in their pockets and help the planet after the supermarket chain helped support the state’s new return-and-earn scheme.

The state government today launched its Container Deposit Scheme, meaning Victorians can return any eligible can, bottle or carton to a return point for a 10 cent reward.

Suitable containers include plastic soda bottles, glass beer bottles, soft drinks and alcohol sold in cans, and small cartons of fruit juice. A full list can be found here.
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Coles is giving customers the option to return empty drinks containers and get a refund. (9honey)

Coles has joined the effort by rolling out 47 ‘returns’ machines in its stores across the state.

That will bring the national total of machines to 139, none of which are in Tasmania as the state has not yet introduced a container deposit system.

More than 200 million drinks containers, cans, boxes and bottles were returned to Coles-linked locations last financial year, the supermarket said.

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Since the retailer began supporting the various state schemes in 2018, it claimed more than a billion containers had been returned to Coles-linked sites.

“We are confident that by having (converters) in such convenient locations we will be able to significantly reduce litter in the state and give Victorians the opportunity to put money back in their pockets,” Environment Minister said Steve Dimopoulos.

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