Can I return drinks containers bought before the 1st of February 2024?
Drinks purchased before 1 February, 2024 are not included in the Deposit Return Scheme but should still be recycled in your home recycling bin. From 1 February, 2024, when you purchase a drinks container with a Re-turn logo on it, you will be charged a small deposit in addition to the purchase price of the drink. This deposit will be fully refunded when you return your empty, uncrushed drinks container to your local Lidl store
How much is the deposit fee?
From 1 February, 2024, when you buy a drink with the Re-turn logo, you will be charged a small deposit in addition to the price of the drink as follows:
• A deposit of 15 cent will apply to containers from 150ml to 500ml inclusive
• A deposit of 25 cent for containers over 500mls to 3 litres inclusive.
The drinks containers included in the scheme are PET plastic bottles and aluminium and steel cans between 150mls and 3 litres.
How is the deposit charged?
When you purchase a drink at any retailer which is between 150ml – 3 litres and features the Re-turn logo printed on the can or bottle, you will automatically be charged an additional ‘deposit’ fee to be paid on top of the price of the drink. If purchased within our Lidl stores, your receipt will clearly show you the price paid for the drink and a second charge for the drink container deposit.
Is Lidl just putting up prices of drinks and charging me more?
No. The Deposit Return Scheme is an initiative by the Irish Government which comes into legal force from 1st February 2024. The initiative will see a deposit applied to every drinks container which features the Re-turn logo. This deposit is charged in addition to the retail price, but is fully refundable when you return your empty, uncrushed container. Effectively, when you buy a Re-turn labelled item, you will be buying the drink and borrowing the container. Lidl Ireland is not increasing the retail price of any drink included in the scheme.
The purpose of the scheme is to encourage everyone to recycle eligible drinks containers for the benefit of our environment, local communities and ourselves. Every person can choose to participate in the Deposit Return Scheme or not. However, if you choose to purchase a Re-turn drink and not return the empty container to be recycled, you will forfeit your deposit and lose out on being able to claim your deposit back.
Whilst the deposit charged is low (between 15 cents and 25 cents per container), small charges can quickly add up and, over time, this could equate to a significant amount of money. Lidl Ireland is therefore encouraging every one to participate in the Deposit Return Scheme by using its Reverse Vending Machines to quickly return eligible drinks containers and easily claim back deposits paid.
Do I have to remove the lid when returning my plastic bottle?
You can return your empty, uncrushed plastic bottle with or without the lid. We recommend returning bottles with caps, because this will ensure that the cap is recycled, too. Also, if the bottle cap is still on, it is easier to preserve the shape of the bottle.
How do I get my deposit back?
From 1 February, 2024, when you purchase a drink with the Re-turn logo and pay your deposit fee at the till, you will get a full refund on returning the empty, uncrushed container to any of Lidl’s 179 stores through the use of a Reverse Vending Machine (RVM). It is important to note that vouchers issued from an RVM in Lidl must be redeemed at a Lidl store.
You will have a choice to receive your refund against your Lidl purchase or cash.
Can any PET bottles and cans be returned at Lidl?
Drinks containers bought in any retailer can be returned in Lidl if they are empty, uncrushed and carry the Re-turn logo.
Why might a container be rejected by RVMs?
• It doesn’t have the Re-turn logo.
• Container is outside of the 150ml - 3 litres parameters.
• The container is for a dairy product or is made from glass or tetra.
• The container is damaged.
• Liquid is detected in the container.
• Barcode is not readable, or the label has been removed.
• If you reach too far into the RVM when placing the container onto the conveyor belt.
Can deposit vouchers from other stores be redeemed in this store?
No, vouchers from RVMs can only be redeemed in the store the containers were returned to.
Can containers purchased in Northern Ireland be returned to stores in Ireland?
No. Containers in Northern Ireland are not part of the Deposit Return Scheme. Containers in Northern Ireland will have different barcodes and will not carry the Re-turn logo.