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Boots UK to Trial Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland

07 August 2019
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Boots will today begin trialling a Deposit Return Scheme in two of its stores in Scotland.

Reverse Vending Machines will be introduced at Boots stores in Perth (High Street) and Glasgow (200 Sauchiehall Street), where customers can return empty plastic, metal and glass drink containers from 50ml up to 3 litres.

For each drink container deposited, customers will receive a voucher with 10 Boots Advantage Card points,[1] with a maximum of 25 containers per transaction.

Paul Dunne, Transformation Director, Boots UK comments, “We are pleased to be able to trial another way for customers to recycle their plastic, metal and glass drink containers. This is an opportunity for us to review the operational impact on installations of Reverse Vending Machines in our stores, as well as the practicalities of running a Deposit Return Scheme on the high street.”


[1]Customers must redeem their voucher at the till so it can be added onto the Boots Advantage Card the same day they return the bottles.


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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer. Its mission is to be the first choice for pharmacy, health and beauty caring for people, customers and communities everywhere.

With around 52,000 team members and 2,200 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores, Boots serves its customer and patients’ wellbeing for life.

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