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Drinks Cash Deposit Scheme in Scotland – New Report Explores Options

May 14, 2015


Drinks Cash Deposit Scheme in Scotland – New Report Explores Options

Zero Waste Scotland Calls for Evidence


A new report investigating the options for a refundable cash deposit for recycling drinks bottles and cans in Scotland has been released today (Thursday 14th May) by Zero Waste Scotland.

Image courtesy of Reverse Vending Corporation

Image courtesy of Reverse Vending Corporation

National deposit return systems already operate in many other countries, as a measure to improve recycling and cut litter. The systems see customers pay a small cash deposit when they buy a drink in a can or bottle, and get the money back when they return the item to a collection point. The items can then be recycled into new containers or other packaging.

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Thanks to trials from Zero Waste Scotland and IKEA you can get something back for recycling! Image courtesy of Reverse Vending Corporation

Zero Waste Scotland’s research has assessed the benefits and challenges of a deposit return system in Scotland, gathering evidence from a range of key players including deposit return experts and operators in other countries; drinks companies and trade bodies; retailers and logistics companies.

The study explores the role that such a scheme could play in reducing litter, complementing local authority recycling services, and improving recyclate quality.  It also considers the potential costs of such a system. The study models what a Scottish system could look like, based on a comprehensive comparison of other systems operated across the globe.  The model included a deposit of between 10p and 20p per item, and covered all drinks and containers, including bottles, cans and cartons.

Image courtesy of Reverse Vending Corporation

Image courtesy of Reverse Vending Corporation

Today’s report is being launched in tandem with a call for evidence to industry and other stakeholders on the role of a deposit return system.


Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

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,

“Scotland has set ambitious targets for moving towards zero waste, and we know that many drinks cans and bottles are not currently being recycled and may end up as very visible litter.

“Deposit return systems have been used in many other parts of the world to prevent waste and increase recycling.  So this new report, which assesses how such a scheme could work in Scotland, is an important contribution to the debate about how we achieve our zero waste goals and move towards a more circular economy.

“The research explores how a deposit return system could work in Scotland, and the issues to consider in designing and implementing a system.  That’s why we are also launching a call for evidence today to understand the impacts of such a system and how it could work most effectively.”


Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

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Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment Richard Lochhead

“I welcome the work done by Zero Waste Scotland in putting together this study and report.  And I will be interested to see additional evidence from industry and stakeholders in due course.

“A scheme like the deposit return has the potential to be very beneficial for the environment – reducing litter and boosting the recycling of these materials and their value.  As we have seen with carrier bag charging, attaching a value to something can be very effective in helping us make small but important changes.

“Countries such as Germany, Sweden and Norway already have such systems in place as do parts of Canada, Australia and the United States.  I am keen to explore the opportunities for Scotland from deposit return and will be highlighting these studies with my counterparts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to invite them to do likewise.”


Editor’s Notes

  •  The full report and Call for Evidence are available at
  • Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.
  • Zero Waste Scotland is helping Scotland to become more efficient in its use of resources. As a facilitator and enabler of change, we help to reduce waste, increase energy efficiency and promote responsible water use – all as part of a journey towards a low-carbon, sustainable economy.
  • Zero Waste Scotland has six key delivery priorities for 2014-15. These are: Supporting a circular economy; Harnessing the value of recycling; Transforming attitudes to food waste; Reducing the impacts of litter; Implementing resource efficiency savings; Accelerating the development of low carbon heat.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at . You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels – Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn

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Barts Health NHS Trust install intelligent reVend Reverse Vending Recycling Machines

April 6, 2015

A new reVend  Reverse Vending Recycling machine supplied by Reverse Vending Corporation is installed in the Main Entrance of Royal London Hospital.

reVend Reverse Vending Machine installed at the Royal London Hospital

reVend Reverse Vending Machine installed at the Royal London Hospital

The new  Reverse Vending Recycling machine installed in the Main Entrance is giving staff, patients and visitors the opportunity to be rewarded for recycling.

The reVend Reverse Vending Recycling machine issues a 10p drinks voucher for every drinks bottle or can deposited into the machine, this voucher can then be used in the hospitals 5th floor restaurant or the coffee shop in the main reception.

Recycle your empty container at the site in the Reverse Vending Machine by;  Placing your empty can or bottle into the machine Listening to the crushing Pressing the screen or button to receive a voucher

Reverse Vending Corporation are the First to install reVend Reverse Vending Machines in Hospitals

This reVend Reverse Vending Recycling machine automatically recognises each participating used drink container using the latest material and shape recognition technology.

reVend Reverse Vending Material and Shape Recognition System

reVend Reverse Vending Material and Shape Recognition System

The reVend Reverse Vending Recycling machine then segregates, compacts and stores the  empty used drink cans and used drink bottles, giving the user a reward or a chance to donate to chosen charities.

Compacted Can from reVend Reverse Vending Machine is reduced to 90% of original size

Compacted Can from reVend Reverse Vending Machine

The reVend Reverse Vending Recycling machine, reduces the need for bin emptying and reduces waste volumes allowing for the products to be bailed and sold, leading to cost savings and carbon savings.

A new Reverse Vending recycling machine installed in the Main Entrance of Royal London Hospital

A new Reverse Vending recycling machine installed in the Main Entrance of Royal London Hospital


This machine can store up to 1,000 cans and 500 plastic bottles at once, that’s enough to completely fill the back of a London Taxi!


The machines sends an email when it is nearly full and needs emptying

revend Telemetry

revend Telemetry

Barts Health NHS Trust are leading the way 

This will be the second Reverse Vending Machine (supplied by Reverse Vending Corporation) the organisation has installed – the first, at their Whipps Cross Hospital site has recycled so many plastic bottles that stacked end to end they would reach around the circumference of the London Eye.

Here is the Story about the Whipps Cross Hospital Machine >> Webpage 

The reVend Reverse Vending Machine won a coveted Green Apple Award >> Webpage

The Reverse Vending Team with their Green Apple Award at the Houses of Parliament award ceremnony

The Reverse Vending Team with their Green Apple Award at the Houses of Parliament award ceremnony


Barts Health NHS Trust sends zero waste to landfill, and is constantly pushing boundaries in healthcare waste management. Working in partnership with Skanska, waste costs have been reduced by over £2 million over the last 3 years.

This has been achieved through a behavioural change and audit team who offer clinical waste segregation training to all staff, alongside the streamlining of collections. Our hard work has been externally recognised, with the trust being the first NHS Trust in the UK to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for Waste.

Source of Original Story >>

Recycle on the Go in Wales at Cardiff and Vale College

September 19, 2014


Recycle on the Go

WRAP Cymru funding enabled the Cardif and Vale College to install the very latest Reverse Vending Technologies to participate in “Recycle on the Go”.

Cardiff and Vale College had identified that the Restaurant areas (canteen) as ideal positions to install Reverse Vending Recycling Machines, to reward the students and staff for recycling to encourage recycling and reduce litter.

Welsh householders recycled 52 per cent of their waste in 2012 – 2013.

However if Wales is to reach its target of 70 per cent recycling by 2025 it’s important that people have the opportunity to recycle when they’re out of their homes. more >>

It had been identified at the Cardiff and Vale College that the Restaurant areas (canteen) as ideal positions to install Reverse Vending Recycling Machines  this is where the “On The Go” recyclates are generated in very high footfall areas.


reVend Reverse Vending Machine

reVend Reverse Vending Machine

Image above “A reVend Reverse Vending Recycling Machine at the Colcot Road Campus”.

Recycle on the Go Reverse Vending Machine

We have today started to use the fully automated Reverse Vending Recycling Machines for the collection, storage and reward system for the used PET plastic  drink bottles, used drink cans generated at each site.


reVend Reverse Vending Machine

reVend Reverse Vending Machine with Full Graphics Wrapping

The reVend 800 series Reverse Vending Machine has one acceptance aperture to accept used drink cans and used plastic drink bottles, the materials (the PET Plastic Bottles and the used aluminium and steel drink cans are non-compacted) non contaminated and stored ready for recycling. The reVend 800 Series is the entry level specification machine.  All non-participating containers are rejected and returned to the user.

  • This machine is designed and built for Non Deposit Markets, and a is  simple “easy to manage”  machine.
  • Each machine is able to automate the recycling of 1000’s of used beverage containers each week

We estimate that we are able to increase the recycling rate by 30%  over the duration of the project.

We knew at the start of the project how many beverage containers are sold on site and this will enable us to start the calculation of return percentages.

We will start the project by evaluating the potential used drink containers that are available to be recycled, we will then set a target of a percentage to increase the recycling by using “proven” Reverse Vending Technology. The recycler is guided through the simple process by instructions on and around the machine, the user then receives a reward incentive voucher, automatically dispensed by the machine.

The reward system will offer the recycler exciting offers, discounts and rewards.  These will be changed throughout the project to maintain the recyclers’ interest and participation and constantly increase awareness of the project.

Reward Recycling with exciting incentives

Reward Recycling with exciting incentives


Reverse Vending Corporation have over 30 years’ experience in increasing recycling through Reverse Vending Machines through developing exciting reward systems in both Deposit and Non Deposit Markets. We will use a range of exciting incentives with differing rewards to encourage participation in the system.

All relevant permissions have already been granted for each Campus.


The intention is to divert 100% of the used drink containers (used drink cans and PET plastic bottles)  generated on site to be recycled and diverted from landfill by using exciting and changing rewards.


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