There’s a way to get money back by recycling your German plastic bottles and cans with very little effort. Here’s what you need to know.
If your can or bottle can be refunded, it will have this symbol on it.
After your done using the bottle or can for it’s intended purpose, rinse it out and hold onto it until you get a bunch together. Make sure they are mostly dry and don’t crush them. There are machines that you can take these recyclables to that will scan the item, send it back to the crusher and count your refund. The one I use is outside of Lidl, but I’ve seen ones at Trinkgut (which is red) as well. Just keep an eye out for them near grocery and drink stores.
Once you’ve scanned all of your items, press the button for the machine to print out your receipt. Lidl has a button for euro and a button for a credit to their store, some only have one button. Take your receipt to the store cashier and they’ll give you your refund. Simple as that! Most cans and bottles are worth 0,25€, sometimes more, which is definitely worth it to me.