How to get ‘free’ plastic containers from Coles

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Coles has launched a new giveaway promotion where customers can earn free fresh food containers.

From Wednesday April 24, shoppers can earn ‘container credits’ when they spend $20 or more at Coles supermarkets and swipe their flybuys card, or Coles online after registering their flybuys details.

Customers receive one credit for every qualifying $20 spent in one transaction, with five different sizes of containers to spend the points on.

The containers are made from durable polypropylene and are microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe, plus BPA-free. And at the end of their life, they can be recycled.

Container sizes are 600mL, 1L, 1.2L, 1.4L and 1.5L, along with a vacuum pump to help remove air to tightly seal the containers.

Coles Chief Operating Officer, Greg Davis, said the Coles Fresh Food Container Program is a great opportunity for customers to earn a versatile and practical reward as part of their shop.

“We know our customers want to reduce food waste for environmental and family budget reasons, and these reusable containers are a great way to keep food fresh in the fridge or pantry without the need for more single-use plastic,” he said.

“Coles has removed 1.2 billion single-use plastic bags from circulation since we phased them out of our stores last year, and since 2011 we have diverted more than 542 million pieces of flexible plastic from landfill through our recycling partnership with REDcycle.”

Paul Klymenko, CEO of environmental organisation Planet Ark, said: “When food waste ends up in landfills it produces methane – a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. By shopping wisely and storing food in air tight reusable containers we can all do our bit to help the environment and save money.”

How much do you need to spend to earn a container?

If you already do your regular grocery shopping at Coles and are a flybuys member, then perhaps you’d like to also pick up a few containers along the way. However, they come at a cost:

  • RoyalVKB Vacuum Pump (redeemable for 5 Credits) = $100 grocery shop
  • RoyalVKB 600mL Container (redeemable for 10 Credits) = $200 grocery shop
  • RoyalVKB 1L Container (redeemable for 12 Credits) = $240 grocery shop
  • RoyalVKB 1.2L Container (redeemable for 14 Credits) = $280 grocery shop
  • RoyalVKB 1.4L Container (redeemable for 16 Credits) = $320 grocery shop
  • RoyalVKB 1.5L Container (redeemable for 18 Credits) = $360 grocery shop

The Fresh Container Program promotion ends July 2.

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