Independent retailers must be consulted before a decision is made on the criteria for housing a deposit return machine, Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has told RN.

Speaking at its Sustainable Packaging Strategy event last week, Nick Brown, head of sustainability at CCEP, said: “There should be clear criteria that takes into account factors such as shop size, hygiene and security, which mean some retailers do not need to run a collection point. We’ve been talking to retailers to find out what those criteria should be.”

Adrian Roper, head of public affairs and communications at the NFRN, added collection service plans also need to be fine-tuned.

“Whether you have a machine or a bag to collect the bottles in, the frequency of collection services is important, so as to avoid overcrowding in-store,” he said.

David Woodrow, who owns Woodrows in Bishopton, Renfrewshire, said: “The logistics of where retailers can place the machine need to be thought out, alongside what space we would have to sacrifice.” 

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