Discount Retail Chain Lidl Latvia (owned by the German Schwarz Group) is actively carrying out the latest works for the installation of deposit machines and the application of all its store premises in order to start accepting beverage packaging from the population on February 1 next year.
Lidl Latvia's total investment in the implementation of the beverage packaging acceptance, processing and further processing system already reaches 3.5 million euros.
Automatic deposit acceptance machines will be located in all Lidl stores or in special annexes with a separate entrance. Taromats will accept all appropriately labeled beverage packages. Lidl Latvia has already signed a cooperation agreement with the Deposit Packaging Operator on further processing of beverage packaging delivered to Lidl stores.
Lidl is currently the only retailer in Latvia that has purchased, installed and serviced Tomra vending machines. Lidl uses such an operating model internationally, which ensures full control over the successful operation of the deposit system in Lidl's stores and the introduction of a closed circulation model in the circulation of packaging. "The volume of PET bottles recycled in our neighboring country, Lithuania, increased from 34% to 92% in the two years since the introduction of the deposit system. This is an incalculable positive benefit for the environment and the quality of our daily lives. In Latvia, on the other hand, the last works in stores are still underway, so that Lidl's residents would have the first choice not only in everyday purchases, but also in handing over beverage packaging, ”says the company's representative Dana Hasana.
Tarots will be easy to use in Lidl stores by handing over appropriately labeled PET bottles, aluminum cans and glass bottles. Taromats will automatically sort it all and prepare it for further processing. As taromats can accept up to 60 packing units per minute. Customers will be able to receive a refund of the deposit either in the form of a printed check, which is valid for further use in Lidl stores, or will receive cash upon presentation of the check at the cash desk.