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About Reverse Vending

Reverse vending machines provide an automated method for collecting, sorting and handling the return of used beverage containers for recycling or reuse. During the 45 years these systems have been utilized, they have proven to be an unmatched success for consumers, businesses and the environment.

Deposit loop

Reverse vending machines are the centerpiece of modern deposit systems that for years have demonstrated return rates from 70% to almost 100% of sold beverage containers.

No other waste or collection system comes even close to matching these figures. Automated reverse vending machines for container deposit systems prove their business case with a very low cost per collected container.

Reverse Vending Benefits

Collection through reverse vending solutions offers:

1 Better for business

  • Offers a proven solution that keeps litter off the streets and reduces the need for other expensive waste programs.
  • Creates labor savings in stores by automating manual tasks.
  • Yields space and logistics savings as the material is compacted, reducing storage requirements in stores and on board trucks.

2 Better for the environment

  • Maximizes material value and maintains material properties, as the containers are sorted by material type.
  • Keeps the material fractions so clean they can even be recycled into new containers, thus closing the material loop and avoiding downgrading.
  • Decreases transportation needs as the material is sorted and compacted on site, optimizing transportation capacity and avoiding transport movements.

3 Convenient and engaging for users

  • Makes recycling easy, as the RVS typically is stationed inside or in the entrance of grocery retail stores.
  • Makes recycling convenient as it is fast and clean, and this motivates repeated use in combination with the instant reward.
  • Engages users even further when the owner capitalizes on possibilities to use the RVS as a tool for sales promotions, branding and CSR programs.