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Recycling Bottles at Albert Heijn

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Recycling Bottles at Albert Heijn

Came across a video of someone recycling plastic bottles at Albert Heijn for what appeared to be euro credit.

See the link below at 1:30 to see what I'm referring to.

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Can anyone elaborate on the way the process works? Do you use the credit slip for purchases at the store?

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1. Re: Recycling Bottles at Albert Heijn

All supermarkets in NL, not just AH, are required by law to offer such a facility.

It does not apply to all plastic bottles, only the bigger ones. A half liter coke bottle for example will not be accepted by the machines. In most cases a 1.5 litre one will be. For a large plastic bottle the deposit is 25 cents. For a glass beer bottle - again of a specific type - it is 10 cents.

Payment comes by way of a voucher that you can set against the cost of any purchases you make at the store.

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You can also hand in the voucher for cash. After all it is your own money, you pay it extra when you buy the bottle. The extra fee is not mentioned in the retail price, so don't be surprised when you have to pay more at the register than you expected.

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its great love the machine even takes back the crate when you buy a case of beer

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Some shops have the machines inside the shop. Smart but penniless people sometimes try to fool the system by going in the shop with a few empty beer bottles, put them in a crate from the shop, and then collect the refund money.

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5. Re: Recycling Bottles at Albert Heijn

Thanks for the information everyone. Can someone clarify which beer bottles are accepted? Size, shape, brand? Do you get credit for the plastic crate too?

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This great system which is an excellent tool against littering, is bound to disappear in 2014, because a big lobby by the packaging industry. In Germany and Scandinavia even small bottles and cans have a deposit. No litter there.

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7. Re: Recycling Bottles at Albert Heijn

Yes the crate is also part of the system. So when you buy a crate of beer you pay the extra fee on each bottle and on the crate. You can bring them back together or separately.

I believe it's on all beer bottles sold in supermarkets, because it's the law (for now).

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You can recognize bottles to which this system applies by the word 'statiegeld' written somewhere on the small print of the package.

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