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3 years of Reverse Vending “Recycle and Reward” at IKEA Glasgow

February 15, 2016

Recycle and Reward Reverse Vending – Zero Waste Scotland – Cash for cans and bottles

February 2013 to  February 2016

3 years of Reverse Vending in Scotland at IKEA Glasgow

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At IKEA, shoppers will be able to recycle any glass, plastic or aluminium drinks containers purchased from the restaurant, shop, or vending machines in their Glasgow store. Once returned and deposited through the machine, for each item shoppers will be offered the choice of a 10p voucher to redeem in-store or a 10p donation to one of the stores’ selected charities.
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment Richard Lochhead said:
“Years ago, we thought nothing of taking our empty glass bottles back to the shops with the added bonus of getting cash back in our pocket. Now thanks to modern technology we are breathing new life into this traditional approach through the Recycle and Reward scheme. By offering customers incentives such as money back or vouchers for recycling their glass bottles and cans when out shopping, at college or at a music festival, I hope we can encourage more people to recycle on the go.

3 Years ago the Scottish Government’s Environment Secretary has helped to launch the first ‘Recycle and Reward’ Reverse Vending schemes in Scotland aimed at encouraging people to recycle empty bottles and cans.

Left to right : Gina Jones , Marketing and Sustainability Specialist IKEA Glasgow , Jim McShee – Scottish Sales Manager - Reverse Vending Corporation.

Left to right : , Jim McShee – former Scottish Sales Manager – Reverse Vending Corporation presenting Award to Gina Jones , Marketing and Sustainability Specialist IKEA Glasgow.

The machines at IKEA Glasgow have worked without fault for over 3 years, both IKEA and their customers are very happy with the “Recycle and Reward” project.

(L-R) Sofie Rogers, Store Sustainability Responsible (IKEA); Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment; Iain Gulland, Director Zero Waste Scotland; Sean McArthur, Food Manager and Sustainability Manager (IKEA) in front of a reverse vending pilot project for glass , aluminium and PET at the Edinburgh IKEA store.

(L-R) Sofie Rogers, Store Sustainability Responsible (IKEA); Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment; Iain Gulland, Director Zero Waste Scotland; Sean McArthur, Food Manager and Sustainability Manager (IKEA) in front of a reverse vending pilot project for glass , aluminium and PET at the Edinburgh IKEA store.

Part of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Scotland programme, this pilot programme will look at ways in which schemes which offer incentives such as vouchers, donations to charities or money back may increase recycling rates and reduce the amount of used drinks containers going to landfill.

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Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “It’s vital that we consider fresh approaches to boosting recycling rates and capturing the value of materials which would otherwise be sent straight to landfill. Through this pilot, we want to assess the impact of this approach which has proved successful around the world, including in Germany, South Australia and Scandinavia. It’s important we change the way people view waste in Scotland and we’ll be looking at how incentivising these recycling schemes impacts on recycling rates and complements other schemes designed to capture valuable materials, including kerbside, recycling centres and banks.”

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland,

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“It’s vital that we consider fresh approaches to boosting recycling rates and capturing the value of materials which would otherwise be sent straight to landfill.  

“Through this pilot, we want to assess the impact of this approach which has proved successful around the world, including in Germany, South Australia and Scandinavia.  It’s important we change the way people view waste in Scotland and we’ll be looking at how incentivising these recycling schemes impacts on recycling rates and complements other schemes designed to capture valuable materials, including kerbside, recycling centres and banks.”

The aims of these trials are to understand public acceptance of such schemes and the impact they might have in terms of increasing recycling rates and the quality of materials deposited as well as seeing whether they help prevent litter. I’ve talked up the importance of these trials over the past year, not because I’m particularly pro-deposit return, but because I’m keen to have a debate about what the future might hold for recycling systems here in Scotland.

I’ve been lucky to see deposit schemes in operation around the world.  In some areas they have helped recycling rates for packaging such as plastic bottles and cans reach 85%, compared with current rates in Scotland of less than 30%. Deposit schemes appear to engage with consumers in a way that many of our kerbside collections only dream about. Isn’t it time we wondered why?

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

To learn more, please visit the Scottish Governments Website

Please visit Reverse Vending Corporation’s Website 

What is Reverse Vending ?

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

Young Recycler of the Year Award 2013 - Winner Ross Burns - host Sally Magnusson - Hugh Stewart Shank

Young Recycler of the Year Award 2013 – Winner Ross Burns – host Sally Magnusson – Hugh Stewart Shank

The IKEA  “Recycle and Reward” Project also won the coveted Gold Green Apple Award

Winners of a 2014 Green Apple Award

Winners of a Gold Green Apple Award

Please contact Reverse Vending Corporation for further information > website 

 

 

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3 Years ago ( Original Press Release)

IKEA LAUNCHES RECYCLE AND REWARD SCHEME

 

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Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment Richard Lochhead

IKEA paves the way for Scotland with modern recycling

 

IKEA is amongst nine companies and organisations trialling a Recycle and Reward Scheme, which will reward people for recycling glass, aluminium and plastic (PET) drinks containers through a range of incentives such as money back, discount vouchers or loyalty point by using the reverse vending machine.

 

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At IKEA, shoppers will be able to recycle any glass, plastic or aluminium drinks containers purchased from the restaurant, shop, or vending machines in their Edinburgh and Glasgow stores. Once returned and deposited through the machine, for each item shoppers will be offered the choice of a 10p voucher to redeem in-store or a 10p donation to one of the stores’ selected charities.
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment Richard Lochhead said:
“Years ago, we thought nothing of taking our empty glass bottles back to the shops with the added bonus of getting cash back in our pocket. Now thanks to modern technology we are breathing new life into this traditional approach through the Recycle and Reward scheme. By offering customers incentives such as money back or vouchers for recycling their glass bottles and cans when out shopping, at college or at a music festival, I hope we can encourage more people to recycle on the go.

Shoppers will be able to recycle any glass, plastic or aluminium drinks containers purchased from the restaurant, shop, or vending machines in IKEA Edinburgh and Glasgow stores.  Once returned and deposited through the ‘IKEA Reverse Vending’ machine, each customer will be offered the choice of a 10p voucher to redeem in-store or a 10p donation to one of the stores’ selected charities.

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Thanks to new trials from Zero Waste Scotland and IKEA you can get something back for recycling!

 

It is hoped that the local pilot projects, part of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Scotland programme, will encourage people to recycle more in order to limit the amount of used drinks containers going to landfill.

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Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment Richard Lochhead visited IKEA in Edinburgh today to see the first of the ‘reverse vending’ machines and hear how the retailer is introducing the scheme in its Scottish stores as a key part of its sustainability programme. The scheme also launches today at IKEA Glasgow.

 

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IKEA Reverse Vending Machine gives 10p reward for each used IKEA drink can or bottle returned through a Reverse Vending Machine

Theo Wiedenmann, Store Manager, IKEA Glasgow, said:

“At IKEA, we are committed to ensuring sustainability is at the heart of what we do. We have many different initiatives in place in stores across the UK and also as a company, so we are thrilled to be the first business to trial the ‘Reward and Recycle’ scheme at both of the Scottish stores. We are excited about this great addition to IKEA Glasgow and hope it will play apart in making sure recycling is always front of mind for both our customers and co-workers alike.”

IKEA is no stranger to sustainability with many schemes and initiatives taking place at both IKEA Glasgow and IKEA Edinburgh.

Nationwide IKEA is campaigning to raise awareness of making the ‘smarter switch to a better bulb’ in order to help families struggling with ever-increasing energy bills, and encourage sustainable living in the home. From February 2013, the retailer announced its investment of £1.1 million to halve the price of its ‘LEDARE’ LED light bulbs in a bid to help millions of UK consumers save up to a third on their energy bills by using less energy in their homes. LED lighting uses 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 20 years – 20 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

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The First in the UK – A newly designed and built reVend Reverse Vending Recycling “Recycle and Reward” Machine installed at Queens Hospital Romford

February 5, 2016

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and Sodexo, have installed an innovative reverse vending recycling machine for the collection and recycling of used PET Plastic drink bottles and used Drink cans at Queens Hospital Romford.

There are over 100,000 Reverse Vending Machines installed around the World, this is the First one in Essex.

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The unique recycling machine was designed and built following months of research and teamwork to enable the Queens Hospital to capture and recycle used drink containers used “On the Go” at Queens Hospital. This is an additional facilities option for staff, patients and visitors to encourage and incentivise for doing more recycling in the Hospital.

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Recycle and Reward

The initiative is brought in partnership with the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and Sodexo. The rewards will vary to match the objectives and deliverables at the Trust.

First Reward

The first reward was a prize draw to win Fit-Bit sponsored by Sodexo to encourage Health and Well-being.

The first draw happened on 29th January 2016 and the winner is Gill Sullivan from Sodexo

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Gill Sullivan from Sodexo receiving her reward a Fit-bit and certificate presented by Neil Woodhouse from Sodexo – Costa Healthcare

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The first reward was a prize draw to win Fit-Bit sponsored by Sodexo to encourage Health and Well-being.

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This is the “FIRST” of this model recycling machine of its type and has been jointly designed by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and Sodexo.

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The machine was developed by Reverse Vending Corporation.

Reverse Vending is “proven” technology which has been used for over five decades, these fifth Generation Reverse Vending Machines are able to automate the recovery and recycling of thousands of used beverage containers each week.

Recycle and Reward

The machine will automate the collection of used beverage containers (used Plastic drink bottles and used drink cans) and reward the recycler with a reward voucher.

The machine will automate the collection of used beverage containers (used Plastic drink bottles and used drink cans) and reward the recycler with a reward voucher

The machine will automatically dispense  a reward voucher

The reward offering will be changed throughout the year to keep the recycler interested and motivated, the latest reward offering will be displayed on the large 32” built in digital (smart) online signage screen on the machine.

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By rewarding the recycler we know that we are able to increase recycling activity and awareness, whilst reducing litter.

state of the art Reverse Vending technology and even compacts items by up to 90% of their original volumes and stores them ready for recycling

State of the art Reverse Vending technology  compacts items by up to 90% of their original volumes and stores them ready for recycling

Reduction in Waste Costs

The reVend Reverse Vending Machine installed at Queens Hospital uses state of the art Reverse Vending technology and even compacts items by up to 90% of their original volumes and stores them ready for recycling

With a large storage capacity and compaction of the items, the machine requires less emptying, reducing staff time as waste volume and quantity is reduced in other onsite bins. When the machine is full, the machine sends email alerts allowing for the resources to be collected and stored on site until a large enough quantity is collected. Installing one Reverse Vending Machine has the equivalent C02 saving of taking 2,000 cars off the road.

Queens Hospital is the first to install this unique reverse vending recycling machine in the UK. Customers who recycle their used drink cans and drink plastic bottles will automatically receive a reward voucher from the recycling machine to use in-store.

 

The new range of recycling machines will help increase national recycling amounts and assist companies and organisations comply with their recycling targets and environmental recycling obligations.

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The machine will be officially launched by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and Sodexo in the near future

 

The next winner will win a NutriBullet – to make delicious, nutrious smoothies with the nutrition extractor. The draw will take place on Thursday, 24th March 2016.

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For further details please visit www.reVend.co.uk

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The Trust has a strong commitment to be Sustainable in its operations and reduce its impact on the environment and enhance our patients and visitors experience.  To accomplish this, we work in conjunction with our contractors to deliver our Sustainability objectives by implementing various projects and initiatives.

This particular Queen’s Green Machine initiative will help with :

  • Highlighting an example of the Trust working in partnership with  partners such as Sodexo and achieving mutual objectives
  • Provide additional option/facilities for staff, patients and visitors to recycle more and reward for it.
  • Helps in increasing recycling rates (by avoiding some of the bottles/cans ending in clinical or food waste bins).
  • A good public image of the Trust and contractors in promoting Sustainability and helping the environment.
  • Wider benefits through various targeted rewards/prizes over the time.