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2 years of Reverse Vending at IKEA Glasgow

February 11, 2015

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

February 2013 to  February 2015

2 years of Reverse Vending in Scotland at IKEA Glasgow

Recycle and Reward ay IKEA

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.

2 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 – 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 24 months, 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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2 Years ago ( Original Press Release)

IKEA LAUNCHES RECYCLE AND REWARD SCHEME

 

Reverse Vending BottleBill Project Scotland Reverse Vending Corporation

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.

 

Recycle and Reward ay IKEA

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.

 

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.

 

Reverse Vending at IKEA

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.

£1.00 reward against a new IKEA LEDARE Light Bulb at IKEA Gateshead

January 30, 2015

Wow, £1.00 of your next IKEA light bulb.

Reverse Vending at IKEA.

Recycle any light bulb at IKEA Gateshead and receive a voucher from the Light Bulb Recycling Machine. Redeemable against any IKEA Gateshead LEDARE light bulb. Valid from Sunday 1st February to Saturday 28th March.

Reverse Vending ® invented and designed the technology to enable the safe collection of CFL (mercury containing) Domestic Light Bulbs from IKEA customers. IKEA customers receive a reward for each light bulb recycled.

Reverse Vending invented and designed the technology to enable the safe collection of CFL (mercury containing) Domestic Light Bulbs from IKEA customers. IKEA customers receive a reward for each light bulb recycled.

 

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 ESbs and batteries. IKEA wanted to increase bulb and battery recycling rates and initiated the development of the technology with reVend.

IKEA Gateshead

The Light Bulb Reverse Vending Recycling Machines are sited in prominent positions for the Public to see the initiative in action as they need to be encouraged to improve recycling.

Low energy bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, we want to stop that going into people’s dustbins and landfill

This machine takes the bulb away and rewards the customer, the machine recognises that it is a light bulb

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, the user may even choose to donate to charity.

The user may choose 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

 

reVend worked closely with IKEA, conducting a 14 month pilot at IKEA Lakeside testing Customer interface, incentive rewards and technology.

IKEA and customer requirements were studied by reVend when using the new technology and compliance with Legislative Drivers.

reVend Light Bulb Recycling Machine
The reVend Light Bulb Reverse Vending Recycling machine was developed by reVend utilising existing proven reverse vending platforms with added new technologies including mercury fume extractors, soft drop mechanism and light bulb video recognition.

The Light Bulb Recognition Database is updated regularly.The machines are automatically updated via telemetry from anywhere in the world by authorised users.If a new light bulb is launched on the market, the database is updated automatically to all reVend light bulb recycling reverse vending machines around the world.

The recycling data of every light bulb received is transmitted to the secure central database via telemetry to enable for the first time real recovery and recycling statistics.
The Light Bulb Database is updated via telemetry to every machine, ensuring that ALL Light bulbs are accepted by the reVend machines.
The reVend machines automatically send a text and/or an email when the secure light bulb storage container is nearly full and needs to be emptied, therefore reducing journeys by the waste management company.

The reVend patented Light Bulb Recycling Reverse Vending Machine ensures that ALL Low Energy Light Bulbs are safely collected and safely stored, ready for recycling. read more

Safety is the main feature of this machine with an automated soft drop system to safely collect and lower the light bulbs into a special collection container and an onboard mercury fume extractor and mercury fume filter to remove any mercury fumes. read more

The reVend light bulb recycling machines automatically send a text or email when the secure light bulb storage container is nearly full and needs to be emptied.

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 http://www.light-bulb-recycling.co.uk/Light_Bulb_Recycling_Case_Study.html

Winners of 2014 Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice for Reverse Vending

November 13, 2014

Project Title: Reverse Vending of Bottles and Cans at Barts NHS Health Trust

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Barts Health NHS Trust, working in partnership with Skanska, wanted to introduce an incentivised recycling program that will reward individuals for recycling their empty drink cans and PET plastic bottles. By encouraging individuals with incentives, which include local charity donation and discount off drinks in the hospital restaurant, it is hoped that we can encourage individuals to change their behaviours to  become more environmentally responsible.

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 ceremony

It is hoped that over time, this Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) will reduce the carbon footprint of the waste management operation. This will be achieved by reducing waste volumes, on site separation, and through reducing waste collections. This reduction will be measured with the auditable data trail created on an online portal.

The programme is part of a wider waste initiative by the Trust aimed at supporting the Trust in improving compliance, knowledge & skills, reducing environmental impact, reducing production and making residual waste a commodity.

By installing the RVM, The Trust became the ‘First Hospital Trust in the World to install a ReVend Reverse Vending Machine’. We hope to use this project as a case study for future projects and to set an example to other hospital trusts and businesses as to the possibilities waste can produce.

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The Green Apple Award was presented at the Houses of Parliament, Palace of Westminster

In the first month of the project being installed, Barts Health NHS Trust has diverted over 3000 bottles and cans, creating a separate waste stream. This is already having noticeable benefits on bin emptying rates with reductions of two bags a day.

In the first few weeks, over 50 staff members have been educated about the machine. This, along with news articles published on the hospital intranet and through planned media campaigns, we hope to improve use of the machine by another 20%.

While managing the waste the Barts Health NHS Trust and Skanska partnership have built links with local business and our contractors, encouraging them to become future proof. Skanska and Barts Health NHS trust are helping to introduce Reverse Vending Machines into the UK Market.

The Barts Health and Skanska partnership are already using the case study to encourage further business growth. Sharing the study with other companies in the hope of sharing environmental best practice.

Operating transparently, the commitment shown is already encouraging future machines for crushing renal plastic bottles. Reducing the shipment of ‘air’ is essential in reducing the carbon footprint and costs of the waste operations.

Winners of a 2014 Green Apple Award

Winners of a 2014 Green Apple Award

 

 “First Hospital in the World ” to install a reVend Reverse Vending Machine

Barts Health NHS Trust working in partnership with Skanska have become the “First Hospital in the World to install a ReVend Reverse Vending Machine (RVM)”. The installation of the machine at Whipps Cross Hospital,  has led to the creation of a used beverage container recycling programme. This program is aimed at motivating and incentivising individuals to recycle, by offering incentives of a 10p voucher off drinks or a donation to the hospitals charity. The separation of these materials from other waste has created a separate commoditised waste stream, with the creation of local business ties to buy, collect and sell the resources, reinvesting any money made into patient care.

The Trust already diverts 100% of waste from landfill. Domestic waste is separated for recycling at a Materials Recycling Facility, with non-recyclables converted into Refuse Derived Fuel. By investing in the RVM, the Trust can progressively move up the waste hierarchy.

The Reverse Vending Machine technology automates the recognition / collection /compaction and storage of used beverage drink cans and PET Plastic Bottles, reducing the need for human intervention. Recovering the items at the creation source reduces emissions and makes items ready for recycling, helping to shorten the closed recycling loop.

First reVend Reverse Vending Machine installed ina Hospital

First reVend Reverse Vending Machine installed in a Hospital

The installation of the Reverse Vending Machine has helped to advertise the long standing commitment from the Trust to reduce waste, increase recycling and lead innovation. Fitting to sustainability agendas, it is hope that the practice will facilitate further discussion and thinking around sustainable resource usage.

It is hoped that the machine will be cost neutral, with savings from reduced waste pickups, increased staff efficiency and revenue generated from the machine balancing the costs of leasing and financing the incentives.

There are also large carbon savings to be made by using this machine. This was an important factor when installing the machine, as the Trust has a carbon savings commitment and wanted to reduce the number of waste vehicles collecting from site.

 

Telemetry

The ReVend Reverse Vending Machine automatically sends a text or email when the storage container needs to be emptied, reducing the need for staff to keep checking the machine.  With a capacity of well over  1,000 items, this drastically reduces staff collections.

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First reVend Reverse Vending Machine installed in a Hospital

This very important installation, shows real recycling statistics in real time, which can be accessed through an online portal. This data gives us total transparency, and provides real auditable statistics of used beverage drink containers.  European Governments are using similar machines in their “Deposit Systems”.

The staff at the hospital have been highly committed to making the machine a success, spreading the message through media and word of mouth. Restaurant staff separate recyclables which have been left on tables and trays. Staff have also commented on the reduction of the number of times they need to empty the bins, and say that is allowing them to undertake other important jobs in the restaurant.

Talks and on the spot demos have been offered to staff during lunch hours, educating over 30 individuals on the benefits of using it to recycle items. There has been a keen interest with staff bringing in bottles from home to recycle goods.

For further information visit : http://www.reversevending.co.uk

40 pence for old light bulbs recycled at IKEA Gateshead

February 22, 2014

Light Bulb Recycling Machine at IKEA Gateshead

Recycle and Reward at IKEA Gateshead

Light Bulb Recycling Machine at IKEA Gateshead

40p of your next IKEA light bulb. Redeemable against any IKEA Gateshead LEDARE light bulb. Valid from Sunday 2nd February- Saturday 29th March

Joanna Bailey using the new IKEA Gateshead Light Bulb Recycling Machine

40p of your next IKEA light bulb. Redeemable against any IKEA Gateshead LEDARE light bulb.

Offer Valid from Sunday 2nd February- Saturday 29th March.

IKEA GATESHEAD REWARD

For every LED light-bulb sold, IKEA Foundation will even donate a further  €1 to light refugee camps.

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 ESbs and batteries

IKEA wanted to increase bulb and battery recycling rates and initiated the development of the technology with reVend.
reVend has now installed Light Bulb Recycling machines in

  • IKEA Lakeside
  • IKEA Wembley
  • IKEA Wednesbury
  • IKEA Coventry
  • IKEA Milton Keynes
  • IKEA Gateshead
  • IKEA Glasgow
  • IKEA Edinburgh

The Light Bulb Reverse Vending Recycling Machines are sited in prominent positions for the Public to see the initiative in action as they need to be encouraged to improve recycling.

Reward Recycling Light Bulbs

Low energy bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, we want to stop that going into people’s dustbins and landfill

This machine takes the bulb away and rewards the customer, the machine recognises that it is a light bulb

IKEA Reverse Vending

The touch screen enables the user to choose
from a large selection of different rewards,
the user may even choose to donate to charity
(image) IKEA Wembley donate to WWF Charity Option

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, the user may even choose to donate to charity.

The user may choose 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.

The reVend Light Bulb Recycling Reverse Vending machine accepts ALL Domestic Light Bulbs. Each participating light bulb is recognised by the latest Video Recognition Technology.


The recycler is guided through the simple process by an easy to follow touch screen menu.The user 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, including the opportunity to donate to charity.

The recycling data of every light bulb received is transmitted to the secure central database, to enable for the first time real recovery and recycling statistics.read more

The reVend light bulb recycling machines automatically send a text or email when the secure light bulb storage container is nearly full and needs to be emptied.

reVend worked closely with IKEA, conducting a 14 month pilot at IKEA Lakeside testing Customer interface, incentive rewards and technology.

IKEA and customer requirements were studied by reVend when using the new technology and compliance with Legislative Drivers.

The reVend Light Bulb Recycling Reverse Vending Machine accepts ALL Domestic Light Bulbs. Each participating light bulb is recognised by the latest Video Recognition System.

The reVend Light Bulb Recycling Reverse Vending Machine accepts ALL Domestic Light Bulbs. Each participating light bulb is recognised by the latest Video Recognition System.

reVend Light Bulb Recycling Machine
The reVend Light Bulb Reverse Vending Recycling machine was developed by reVend utilising existing proven reverse vending platforms with added new technologies including mercury fume extractors, soft drop mechanism and light bulb video recognition.

The Light Bulb Recognition Database is updated regularly.The machines are automatically updated via telemetry from anywhere in the world by authorised users.If a new light bulb is launched on the market, the database is updated automatically to all reVend light bulb recycling reverse vending machines around the world.

For Further information visit this website >>

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

February 21, 2014

21st February 2013 to 21st February 2014

1 year of Reverse Vending in Scotland at IKEA Edinburgh and IKEA Glasgow

Recycle and Reward ay IKEA

At IKEA, shoppers are 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.

1 Year ago today 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.
The machines at both IKEA Glasgow and IKEA Edinburgh have worked without fault for over 12 months, 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  February 21st 2013.

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

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

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
Reverse Vending at IKEA

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

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

Ross Burns "Young Recycler of the Year 2013

Ross Burns “Young Recycler of the Year 2013

Please contact Reverse Vending Corporation for further information > website 

Light Bulb Recycling Reverse Vending Machine installed in Brazil – São Paulo

September 12, 2013

The reVend Light Bulb Recycling Reverse Vending Machine Brazil – São Paulo

Another reVend Light Bulb Reverse Vending Machine installed

Brazil - São Paulo another reVend Light Bulb Reverse Vending Machine installed

Brazil – São Paulo another reVend Light Bulb Reverse Vending Machine installed

The reVend Light Bulb Recycling Reverse Vending Machine accepts ALL Domestic Light Bulbs. Each participating light bulb is recognised by the latest Video Recognition System.

The reVend patented Light Bulb Recycling Reverse Vending Machine ensures that ALL Low Energy Light Bulbs are safely collected and safely stored, ready for recycling. read more

Safety is the main feature of this machine with an automated soft drop system to safely collect and lower the light bulbs into a special collection container and an onboard mercury fume extractor and mercury fume filter to remove any mercury fumes. read more

The reVend light bulb recycling machines automatically send a text or email when the secure light bulb storage container is nearly full and needs to be emptied.

Light_Bulb_Recycling_Machine_features
Each participating light bulb is recognised by the latest Video Recognition Technology.
The user then receives a reward incentive voucher for every light bulb recycled which is automatically dispensed by the machine

reVend is an international company that specialises in supplying reverse vending machine systems, installation, material recovery and recycling through its experienced management team in RV technology, recycling and waste management.

reVend provides a total environmental reverse vending recycling solution package including regular maintenance services and full waste management services.

The touch screen enables the user to choose from a large selection of different rewards, the user may even choose to donate to charity.

The touch screen enables the user to choose from a large selection of different rewards, the user may even choose to donate to charity.

reVend Light Bulb Recycling Machine
The reVend Light Bulb Reverse Vending Recycling machine was developed by reVend utilising existing proven reverse vending platforms with added new technologies including mercury fume extractors, soft drop mechanism and light bulb video recognition..
The Light Bulb Recognition Database is updated regularly.The machines are automatically updated via telemetry from anywhere in the world by authorised users . If a new light bulb is launched, the database is also updated automatically.

reVend Reverse Vending Recycling machines
This “proven” Reverse Vending technology has been used for over four decades and our fourth generation machines are able to automate the recovery and recycling of thousands of recyclates each week.

There are over 100,000 Reverse Vending Recycling machines installed throughout the world.

Through the capabilities of its reverse vending recycling technology, reVend offers a range of dynamic initiatives designed to increase the value of the recycling experience for the host and the user.

Reverse Vending Recycling Machine Technology

September 3, 2013

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Reverse Vending Corporation have 27 years “Reverse Vending” experience and are constantly creating and designing new recycling technologies.

Reverse Vending Corporation invented the technology to enable all bar codes to be recognised on participating used drink plastic bottles and used drink cans, without the need to use rollers to rotate the drink container.

A series of bar code readers are located at the front of the acceptance belt , enabling the bar code to be identified and checked as the bottle or can is accepted by the Reverse Vending Machine.

A series of bar code readers are located at the front of the acceptance belt , enabling the bar code to be identified and checked as the bottle or can is accepted by the Reverse Vending Machine.

Reverse Vending Corporation also invented and designed the “Award Winning” Light Bulb Recycling Machine

We are happy to design and create a bespoke Recycling Solution to your requirements

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Reverse Vending New Website

August 21, 2013

Reverse Vending  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 ®

Reverse Vending New Website

Reverse Vending  website 

Reverse Vending  new website layout includes several changes largely meant to optimize the reader experience and consolidate content from all  ” Reverse Vending ®” websites.

Features:

  • 100% Responsive Design
  • Retina Ready
  • Minimalistic
  • Tablet and Smart Phone ready
  • 30 Color Variations
  • FullWidth & Boxed Versions
  • HTML5 Validated
  • Google webfont directory support (500+ Fonts)
  •  Sliders
  • 24 HTML5 files
  • Browsers compatibility
  • Custom Backgrounds & Patterns
  • Working Contact Form (with working PHP file)
  • Touch-Ready Image Sliders
  • Unlimited Image Sliders
  • PSD File Included
  • Social Media
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Pintrest
  • Flckr
  • Tumblr
  • Google+
  • Smooth jQuery effects
  • Well Organized and Commented Code

Reverse Vending  provides a total environmental reverse vending recycling solution package including design and installation,regular maintenance services and full waste management services.

Thanks to Jamie (webmaster) , Carol and Steve for their input.

Reverse Vending  Team

Reverse Vending 

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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?”

http://www.cpre.org.uk/

http://www.reversevending.co.uk/

REVERSE VENDING RECYCLING AWARD 2013

June 27, 2013

REVERSE VENDING CORPORATION

RECYCLING AWARD 2013

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

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

REVERSE VENDING CORPORATION

RECYCLING AWARD 2013

Presented to IKEA GLASGOW

The First Retailer in Scotland 

To install “Deposit System”

reVend Reverse Vending Machines

Reverse Vending Corporation presented an Award to IKEA Glasgow for being  ” The First Retailer in Scotland To install “Deposit System” reVend Reverse Vending Machines.

IKEA LAUNCHES RECYCLE AND REWARD SCHEME

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.

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.

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

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

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.

IKEA Light Bulb Machine

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment Richard Lochhead visited IKEA 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.

Reverse Vending BottleBill Project Scotland Reverse Vending Corporation

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment Richard Lochhead

http://www.recycle-and-reward.co.uk/

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.

Notes :

IKEA was established in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad at the age of 17, in Småland in Sweden.

IKEA is the world’s leading home furnishing retailer with a grand total of 287 IKEA stores in 26 countries/territories that are visited by 655 million people every year. IKEA UK has 18 stores and IKEA Ireland has 1 store.  The first IKEA store in the UK was opened in Warrington in 1987.

The IKEA Group has 131,000 co-workers in 41 different countries over four continents. 106,500 in Europe, 16,500 in North America and 8,000 in Asia and Australia. There are 7200 employees currently working at IKEA UK and Ireland organisation.

IKEA has a range of 9,500 different home furnishing products.

Sales for the IKEA Group for the financial year 2011 increased by 6.9 per cent to a total of 24.7 billion Euros compared to 2010. Despite the tough economic climate, IKEA UK has reported that total sales for the year to 31 August 2011 of £1.15 billion.

IKEA had 42million visitors in the UK stores.

Last year, the annual IKEA catalogue was printed in 208 million copies, 59 editions and in 30 languages. In total, the catalogue was read by 400 million people in 41 countries.  Ingvar Kamprad penned all the text himself until 1963.