Scotland inspires new small footprint reverse vending machine
Monday, 16 December 2019
Scottish retailers have inspired the design of a new compact machine from global reverse vending leader TOMRA.
On visiting stores in Scotland, TOMRA saw that many retailers would face a challenge with space and also heard feedback from the industry as talks on a deposit return scheme (DRS) for Scotland began to gather pace.
Now it has created a new compact machine: the ‘TOMRA M1’ concept, inspired by Scottish retailer feedback. The plan is to roll it off the production line before the Scottish Government officially launches a DRS (expected in 2021).
Truls Haug, Managing Director for TOMRA Collection Solutions UK & Ireland, said: “We are extremely proud of the TOMRA M1 which was born out of visits to Scottish stores alongside retailers.
“It has been specially designed with smaller retailers in mind. We asked store owners about any concerns they had about participating in a deposit return scheme and there were two in particular – space and cost.
“As a result, the TOMRA M1 concept is space efficient; it can handle all three materials that are likely to be included in the Scottish DRS system – glass, PET bottles and cans; and it does so for an affordable price.”
Retailers got a sneak preview of the new machine at the recent Scottish Grocers’ Federation Conference in Glasgow which attracted more than 400 delegates from across the industry.
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About TOMRA Collection Solutions: Founded in 1972, TOMRA provides reverse vending solutions for Clean Loop Recycling, collecting aluminium, plastic and glass beverage containers to be continually reused and recycled back into new bottles and cans. With over 82,000 installations across more than 60 markets, TOMRA’s reverse vending machines capture 40 billion used beverage containers every year toward a closed loop. This reduces reliance on raw materials, and ensures fewer containers end up in our streets, oceans and landfills. The TOMRA system of machines, digital solutions and service make recycling easy for the industry, system owners, retailers and consumers to contribute to a more sustainable planet. Visit our Reverse Vending pages on tomra.com/uk, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
TOMRA Collection Solutions is part of the TOMRA Group, which creates sensor-based solutions for optimal resource productivity, and has a vision to lead the Resource Revolution. The Group employs approximately 4000 people globally and is publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE: TOM)