Reverse Vending Machines are the manifestation of a very simple idea. They identify, sort, collect and process used drinks containers. Simple as that, really. (Cheers, Gemma.)
They were originally trialled in the UK in Edinburgh and Glasgow by IKEA. It’s not the first time they’ve been involved with collecting specific waste like this – for over ten years they’ve offered a manual collection service for used light bulbs and batteries. And now the Reverse Vending Machine is gaining momentum, even being introduced at some NHS hospitals like Barts.
There’s a reward aspect to it too. At the moment, you could get a 10p voucher to redeem in-store or a 10p donation to one of the stores’ chosen charities in return for recycling your glass, aluminium and plastic. Not so bad for your empties that would normally go in the bin.