WALES – The Welsh Government has partnered with non-profit DDRS Alliance, Powys County Council (PCC) and WRAP Cymru to trial a large-scale digital deposit return scheme (DDRS) in Brecon, Powys.

Designed to test how digital technology can be used to encourage more recycling, Brecon’s Scan Recycle Reward recycling trial began this month, with welcome packs arriving in the post for Brecon residents from 13 July.

The welcome pack contains an introductory letter, an information leaflet and stickers to apply to household recycling containers.

Trial participants can claim cash rewards by scanning uniquely labeled drink containers with their mobile phones before recycling at home, through their normal kerbside recycling collection or using ‘on the go’ return points around the town.

The drinks containers are available to buy from shops within Brecon and a list of participating retailers and ‘on the go’ recycling point locations is available online.

Councillor Jackie Charlton explains: “For every container scanned and recycled correctly, participants can ‘cash in’ their reward or donate it to the Brecon Food Bank and the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, our two nominated local charities.

“This trial will help us understand people’s preferred return options for recycling drinks containers and learn more about recycling behavior.

This will be the first time in the world that a whole town will use this new technology and the findings will be analyzed and shared with the rest of the UK.”

The initiative will last for a period of 12 weeks and will see Nestlé Waters UK trialing its natural mineral water brand Buxton.

All Buxton water bottles are 100% recyclable, and last year the brand achieved its commitment to have the full range made with 100% recycled PET plastic (excluding caps and labels).

In achieving this milestone, Nestlé Waters UK has significantly reduced the amount of virgin PET plastic used to make its bottles, helping to close the recycling loop.

Hayley Lloyd House, Head of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Nestlé Waters UK, said: “We are excited to work on this large-scale digital Deposit Return Scheme trial.

“It is a great opportunity for us to understand how digital solutions may be incorporated into a deposit return scheme and how a digital recycling solution can engage with consumers regarding the bottle-to-bottle circular economy journey to help increase recycling rates further.”

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