Heading to IKEA this weekend? Don’t forget to check out this amazing new machine!
The Light Bulb Reverse Vending Recycling Machine at IKEA Milton Keynes sits in the store’s car park next to an electric car charging station.
This machine was invented by Reverse Vending, to act as a “A First in the World” invention for IKEA. Low energy bulbs contain a small amount of mercury and IKEA want to stop that going into people’s dustbins and landfill.
This machine takes the bulb away and rewards the customer with a reward. The recycler is guided through the simple process by an exciting touch screen menu, the user then receives a reward incentive voucher, automatically dispensed by the machine.
The touch screen enables the user to choose from a large selection of different rewards – these being a voucher for Free Coffee, or they may choose to donate 10 pence to one of the four Corporate Charities UNICEF ,WWF , Save The Children, The Woodland Trust.
Reverse Vending Corporation, who invented this incredible machine, has now installed Light Bulb Recycling machines in most UK IKEA stores and have already installed the same machines in other European IKEA stores such as Denmark.
The Light Bulb Recycling machine has won a Green Apple Award for IKEA.
Charlie Browne Sustainability Manager for IKEA UK & IE said:
“For over ten years, IKEA has recognised the need to collect used light bulbs and batteries and provided a manual collection service for customers to return light bulbs (ESbs) and batteries. “IKEA wants to inspire and enable our customers to live a more sustainable life at home and helping customers take simple measures can contribute to a better environment. “We have seen that the Light Bulb Reverse Vending Recycling machine has been a great success and we have had very positive and supportive feedback from both our customers and our employees.”
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