Lidl Ireland has recently announced its plans to offer customers in-store recycling stations nationwide to reduce packaging waste bought in-store.
In a statement the German retailer outlined its plans to introduce segregated recycling stations at the end of customer checkouts in all 160 stores across Ireland.
The launch of this nationwide initiative follows a trial recycling stations in three Lidl stores – Gorey, Greystones and Ballycullen will be rolled out from the start of May and will be available across 'all' stores by 31 May 2019.
“The introduction of in-store recycling stations for our customers is the latest step on our journey to tackle the important issue of plastic waste," said J.P. Scally, Managing Director, Lidl Ireland.
"We have already implemented several plastic reduction initiatives such as our decision to end the sale of many single use plastic items and the removal of unrecyclable black plastics from numerous categories across our range."
Commenting on the new in-store recycling stations In Lidl stores nationwide, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton highlighted: “Industry leadership is key if we are to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle which is so crucially needed."
This market-leading initiative will offer Lidl’s almost two million weekly customers the opportunity to remove any unwanted recyclable packaging and to recycle it free-of-charge in-store once they have completed their shopping, therefore avoiding any disposal costs associated with bringing the packaging home.
“We know from Repak research that Ireland is one of the leading recycling countries in the EU for packaging recycling, however Ireland’s EU target for recycling is to increase to 65% by 2025, added Scally.
We want to play our part in supporting the country to achieve this target through our recycling stations nationwide.
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