Posts Tagged ‘Mandatory Deposit System’

First in Scotland – Deposit Return Scheme

June 15, 2018

First Deposit Return scheme with Reverse Vending in Scotland


Iceland’s in-store trial of RVM coincides with Zero Waste Scotland’s ongoing investigation into design options for a deposit return scheme for drinks containers. The Scottish Government announced its intention to introduce DRS last September, with the UK Government following suit last spring.


Iceland customers will receive 10 pence for every plastic bottle recycled through the revend Reverse Vending Machine ( the bottles must be purchased at Iceland Stores)

RVM Systems installed the first machine in the Fulham Iceland store on the 18th May 2018. This was an industry first , as it was the first deposit return installation in a UK Supermarket.

On the 6th June 2018 we installed Scotland’s first Deposit Return scheme in the Musselburgh store.

The frozen food giant is expected to share insights gained from its RVM trial with both the UK and Scottish governments as they continue to consult on deposit return.

Iceland Foods Group managing director Richard Walker said the trial represents further progress in the firm’s commitment to tackling plastic pollution.

“While the initial trial in London (with RVM Systems) has been a success Iceland Foods feel it is important to include insights from consumers elsewhere in the UK to get a better understanding of the challenges we might face,”

Richard Walker managing director of Iceland Foods Group said “At least one third of plastics, much of this relating to packaging, is single use and then discarded – plastic bottles are a prime example of this. Through our trials, we hope to understand how to make it easier for people to act in an environmentally conscious way while tackling the threat of the millions of plastic bottles that go unrecycled every day.”

Scottish Government environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham praised Iceland for trialling deposit return at its Musselburgh store.

“The reverse vending machine will provide valuable evidence on how to help reduce single-use plastic waste and encourage customers to change their own behaviour as we look to end Scotland’s throwaway culture,” she said.

“I would urge all manufacturers and retailers to follow Iceland’s example and consider what action they can take to reduce the use of single-use plastics.

“In the coming months, the Scottish Government will be consulting on a new deposit return scheme for drinks containers that will be one step to increase recycling rates right across Scotland.”


Reverse Vending News

May 12, 2018



Canary Wharf launches the first UK on-site Deposit Return Scheme as part of its “Breaking the Plastic Habit” Campaign

Visitors to Canary Wharf can now recycle their single-use plastic bottles and cans using an innovative Deposit Return Scheme. This is the first publicly accessible recycling machine in the UK and coincides with the Government’s announcement to crack down on plastic pollution.

Positioned in Canada Place, thousands of people who come to Canary Wharf will be able to recycle their single-use plastic bottles and cans in a simple, easy and efficient way.

Currently, only 43% of the 13billion plastic bottles sold each year in the UK are recycled, with 700,000 littered each day. In Germany, 99% of plastic bottles are recycled after a similar Deposit Return Scheme was introduced there in 2003.*

This automated machine uses an innovative 360-degree scanning recognition system to identify, segregate, collect and process waste drink containers, creating a resource from recyclates that would otherwise likely be incinerated or sent to landfill. The Deposit Return Scheme at Canary Wharf will also have the ability to reward users with vouchers and discounts planned to roll out in the next few months.

Lugano Kapembwa, Sustainability Manager, Canary Wharf Group says, “We are proud to be the first in the UK to launch the Deposit Return Scheme to give our shoppers the opportunity to recycle their single-use plastic and metal. From our research we know that visitors to the Estate want to do more for the environment.

“This initiative follows on from the hugely successful ‘Wake Up And Smell The Coffee’ campaign launched last year to recycle coffee cups, lids and coffee grounds at Canary Wharf with 664,285 of coffee cups recycled instead of going to landfill.”

This new initiative is in direct response to feedback from Canary Wharf’s customer research undertaken last year as part of World Environment Day.

The installation of the unit is just one element of Canary Wharf’s 12 month ‘one-use plastics’ reduction and behavioural change campaign. Over the next few months, Canary Wharf will be examining next generation sustainability issues, with a focus on tackling the complex issue of plastics pollution as they lead the UK fight against one-use plastics (#refuseoneuse). Other upcoming activity in the campaign includes a pioneering total plastic straw ban, Estate-wide one-use plastics audit and a World Environment Day plastics debate.


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About Canary Wharf Group

Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 16.5million sq ft of London real estate, which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.

The Canary Wharf Estate is a major retail destination comprising around 1m sq ft across five shopping malls, including the award-winning leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens. It also has world-class, year-round arts and events programme offering over 200 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate.

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Reverse Vending Machine News

April 12, 2015

Reverse Vending News



Reverse Vending Corporation is an International company that specialise in reverse vending systems, installation,material recovery and recycling, through its experienced management team in RV technology, recycling and waste management.

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.

Reverse Vending Machine

Used in Europe for over five decades, In most cases Reverse Vending Recycling Systems are used in markets that have deposits on beverage containers, offering a highly efficient method of identifying the deposit amount of each container returned and providing a refund to the customer, .

Reverse Vending Corporation installed the First reVend Reverse Vending Machines in numerous Sectors:

  • First installation in the UK
  • First installation in a School
  • First installation in a Hospital
  • First installation in a Park and Ride
  • First installation in a Scottish School
  • First installation in Ireland
  • First installation in Wales
  • First installation in a Vending Bank
  • First installaion in a University
  • First installation in a Corporate Office
  • First installation in a Shopping Mall
  • First installation in Scotland

Reverse Vending Corporation are unique in that we are able to design and build bespoke Reverse Vending Recycling Solutions, we do not simply offer a range of generic solutions.

Recycle and Reward ay IKEA

At IKEA, Glasgow shoppers are be able to recycle any glass, plastic or aluminium drinks containers purchased from the restaurant, shop, or vending machines.. 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.


reVend® is a registered Trademark



From Concept to build

From Concept

To Installion

To Installation

Reverse Vending  are able to design and create a bespoke Reverse Vending Recycling Machine to your requirements (subject to terms).

  • Concept to Design to install
  • Branding
  • No minimum orders
  • Your own incentive rewards
  • Your own Specifications
  • Smart Cards or vouchers
  • Reverse Vending training
  • Reverse Vending Telemetry Systems
  • Video Recognition Systems
  • Security Labels and inks
  • Worldwide Maintenance Coverage

Dynamic Recycling Incentives

Reverse Vending  offer a range of dynamic initiatives designed to increase the value of the recycling experience for the host and the user.

We are able to work in Deposit Systems and Non Deposit Systems.


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CPRE calls for UK-wide Drink Container Deposit Scheme

July 11, 2013

Launch of UK Deposit Alliance – 10 July 2013

CPRE calls for UK-wide deposit scheme

CPRE calls for UK-wide deposit scheme


British Library Conference Centre, central London


The UK Deposit Alliance will provide a focus for the many groups, individuals and policy makers interested in the potential of a UK-wide deposit refund system for drinks containers.

Reverse Vending Machine

Used in Europe for over five decades, In most cases Reverse Vending Recycling Systems are used in markets that have deposits on beverage containers, offering a highly efficient method of identifying the deposit amount of each container returned and providing a refund to the customer, .

The opportunities and threats presented by a deposit scheme tend to polarise the debate. The Alliance seeks to present a balanced view of these positions and provide up to date information for discussion and conversation.

Members can submit information, ideas and arguments for dissemination and feedback.

This launch event will provide the latest thinking on how a deposit scheme could work in the UK and how the existing system in Germany runs using a free market approach, highlighting both the benefits and difficulties encountered.

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,

Zero Waste Scotland will share the background to its work delivering a deposit pilot scheme for the Scottish Government and some of the preliminary findings.

And we will hear from Retorna, which will premiere the results from its pilot scheme that has run throughout Catalunya, concluding on 30th June. Insights on the success of the scheme will be shared, including the political context, the effects of extended producer responsibility legislation and the impact on the existing Green Box recycling scheme.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to contribute to the conversation and share their own thoughts and concerns about how the scheme could work, what benefits there might be – for the economy, the environment and society – and what the unintended consequences, both positive and negative, might be for their industry or sector.

It is coordinating the launch of the UK Deposit Alliance in London  (10 July), where speakers from across Europe will highlight, what they describe as, the benefits of drink deposit schemes. The group argues that small deposit on drinks containers increases recycling revenue and quality, creates jobs and eradicates litter.

Full time jobs

In a statement, the CPRE said: “By putting a small deposit on each container, people are given the incentive to return their bottles or cans rather than throwing them away, in order to redeem it. Implementing a UK-wide scheme could lead to 3,000-4,300 full-time equivalent jobs being created across the country.

“At the launch event, results from a comprehensive pilot project in Catalunya, which ended 10 days ago, will be presented for the first time and preliminary findings from eight pilot projects in Scotland will also be shared.”

CPRE Stop the Drop campaign manager Samantha Harding said: “With millions of drinks containers made from finite resources sold every year in the UK, many of which end up as litter on land and at sea, we should do everything we can to capture them for recycling.

“We need people to know these containers are valuable, not to be freely discarded. A small deposit on each container has been shown to work well in other countries, creating jobs and keeping our countryside, towns and seas cleaner – why can’t we do it here?”