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Tesco unveils recycling machine

Empty bottles for recycling
The recycling machine crushes and compacts material for collection

The first automated recycling centre at a supermarket in Scotland has been opened in Glasgow.

The new facility at Tesco Extra, in Shettleston, allows shoppers to recycle materials in the same machine.

Items accepted include cans, plastic and glass. Waste is then crushed and compacted on site, resulting in fewer lorry collections.

Tesco is currently offering one Green club card point for every two aluminium cans recycled at the site.

Opening the facility, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "The Scottish Government feels strongly about reducing waste.

"However, we cannot deliver our aims and objectives in isolation. These can only be achieved by working in partnership with others, including the private sector.

"So it is always encouraging to see projects and initiatives which directly contribute towards our vision of a zero waste society.

"It is vital that, for the sake of future generations, we reduce our consumption of non-renewable resources, and lessen our impact on the wider environment."

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