21st February 2013 to 21st February 2014
1 year of Reverse Vending in Scotland at IKEA Edinburgh and IKEA Glasgow
But increasing recycling isn’t the full story. Quality of material is also important, especially if our priority is how to best benefit Scotland’s economy.
In Adelaide in Australia, I toured an aggregation centre for their deposit scheme that has been in place since the 1970s. There I witnessed bales of the highest quality plastics bottles, and cans. An established system for collecting plastic to such an obvious high quality would, I believe, strengthen the business case for plastics reprocessing facilities in Scotland, bringing investment and jobs as well as quality material recycled back into production. A report from Spain on a proposed deposit scheme there suggested that as many as 14,000 jobs could be created. What could a deposit system mean for Scottish jobs?
Of course I accept that there are counter arguments and potential consequences of moving to a deposit scheme approach and I am, as ever happy, to debate these. I think it is essential we continue to think about how we collect materials in order to develop our economy, not just for today but into the future.
Anyone who saw the History of Rubbish series on the BBC last year will know that collections systems have always evolved and I have a feeling that things will change again. Of course, that might not just mean deposit schemes; it could also include shifting to service models, buying not leasing, or more retailer take-back schemes.
We are increasing our understanding of how important it is to look at the whole system in terms of resource supply and use. The trials we launched today may or may not hold all of the answers, but at the very least they should ignite a debate on how systems might be re-thought to ensure we do get the most from our resources, just as we all believe we should.
Please visit Zero Waste Scotland Website for more informtion
Reverse Vending Machines, (RVM’s) are automated machines that utilise advanced technology to identify, sort, collect and process used beverage containers.
The IKEA “Recycle and Reward” project is an Award Winning Project
Ross Burns a Project Manager from Zero Waste Scotland – was voted as the winner of the “Young Recycler of The Year” 2013
The IKEA “Recycle and Reward” Project also won the coveted Gold Green Apple Award