ALDI has launched its latest reverse vending machine at its Mallow store.
It is capable of collecting and storing up to 9,000 plastic bottles or 24,000 aluminium cans at any given time.
This follows the success of Aldi’s first reverse vending machine in its Mitchelstown store. The recycling initiative comes with a twist, with a total of €1,000 per month being donated to Aldi’s charity partner Barnardos.
Customers are encouraged to return PET plastic bottles (up to three litres in size) and aluminium drink cans to the reverse vending machine.
Mitchelstown's reverse vending machine has experienced great demand since its introduction in February. Almost 12,500 PET plastic bottles and aluminium drink cans have been recycled through the unit, with a monthly donation of €1,000 going to Barnardos since its launch.
Colin Breslin, Regional Managing Director, Aldi Ireland said: “Following the success of our initial reverse vending machine at our Mitchelstown store, we are delighted to install another machine in our Mallow store. Our new Cork-based machine has even larger capacity, meaning we can make a greater impact on the environment and with our charity partner Barnardos.
Barnardos CEO Suzanne Connolly welcomed the donations from the initiative: “The €1,000 monthly donation from Aldi will help make a real difference to the vulnerable children and families we work with across the country. Barnardos has been supporting children and families for 60 years, and we know that the funds generated from this scheme will have a real positive impact on the lives of children across Ireland.”
Aldi established a long-term partnership with Barnardos in 2020 with the aim of raising €1 million for the children’s charity. The supermarket has raised over €710,000 for Barnardos to date through a series of initiatives.