Lidl to extend Letterkenny store with addition of ‘reverse vending machine’

written by Rachel McLaughlin January 28, 2023

Lidl Ireland has been granted planning permission to extend one of its Letterkenny stores.

The ‘New Lidl’ on the Port Road will be extended to provide a reverse vending machine. The facility allows shoppers to deposit used plastic beverage bottles and aluminium cans in return for money-back vouchers that can be used in-store. The machine is part of the Government’s new Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), which will encourage consumers to recycle more.


The application also provides for the removal of the existing entrance/exit pod.

Other changes for the Port Road site include the removal of the existing trolley bay to install a free standing trolley bay.

The company plans to change the store elevation and the car park area and all ancillary works required to complete to the required building regulations standards

Permission for the works was granted by Donegal County Council this month, with four conditions.

Lidl aims to have 100% recyclable, reusable, or renewable own-brand packaging by 2025, with 50% of the materials used in packaging coming from recycled materials.