Woolworths shopper reveals how he scores free groceries

A Woolworths customer has revealed how he managed to score his groceries without paying a cent.

Brisbane-based TikTok user @thisisdopeoz posted a video of the hack, showing viewers he used vouchers saved from recycled cans and bottles deposited in a Reverse Vending Machine (RVM).

In the footage, the man showed a stack of cans and plastic bottles in the back of his car, which he dropped off at a RVM site and collected vouchers for his shop.

A TikTok user reveals how he bagged 'free' groceries at Woolworths through a simple hack. Credit: TikTok
A TikTok user reveals how he bagged 'free' groceries at Woolworths through a simple hack. Credit: TikTok

“This is sick appreciate it,” he commented in the caption of the video, which later showed him at a Woolworths checkout and exiting the store with $31.80 worth of groceries.

The machines, set up by recycling giant Tomra, are connected to select Woolworths supermarkets in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.

To earn vouchers, customers simply need to deposit certain cans and plastic bottles at a Tomra RVM, where they can get 10 cents per eligible item.

Customers can then redeem the vouchers by scanning the barcode when they check out at Woolies.

Shoppers react

“My husband saves ours all year and we use them for Christmas groceries. We can always have the nice ham and prawns etc because of return and earn,” one woman commented in response to his clip.

“Sick,” another commented, to which the TikToker replied, “Yeah, free groceries. I’m not complaining!”

“Shame it’s not in Tasmania,” one viewer lamented.

Woolworths responds

Woolworths was the first retail refund partner for the RVM network in NSW at the time of the program launch in December 2017. Since partnering with Tomra, Woolies says it has collected 1.05 billion containers in NSW.

“We’re pleased to support recycling by accepting these vouchers in our stores, offering customers the choice to use their voucher towards their shop or receive a cash refund,” Woolworths said in a statement.

“Our partnership with Tomra provides customers with a great way to save money and increase their recycling at the same time.”

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