Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and Sodexo, have today received Awards for installing 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.
Today 2nd March 2016
Queen’s Green Machine – presentation from Reverse Vending Corporation to BHR NHS Trust and Sodexo
Reverse Vending Corporation presented awards today at Queens Hospital Ronford for the First reVend
The First to install a reVend® EC GDO Reverse Vending Recycling Machine
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 the “FIRST” of this model recycling machine of its type and has been jointly designed by Reverse Vending Corporation, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and Sodexo.
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 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.
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 digital (smart) online signage screens around the Hospital.
By rewarding the recycler we know that we are able to increase recycling activity and awareness, whilst reducing litter.
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.
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.
For further details please visit www.reVend.co.uk