09.05.2019 kl 12:46 3344

By Waqas Qureshi 9 May 2019

Reverse vending machines supplier welcomes Scottish DRS

Norwegian reverse vending machines specialist TOMRA Collection Solutions is looking to capitalise on the Scottish Government’s decision to rollout a DRS

TOMRA hailed the policy decision as ‘ground-breaking’, and said the scheme could see a return of over 90% of drinks containers for recycling within two years of being introduced.

TOMRA has reverse vending machines in over 60 markets, collecting 40 billion used beverage containers each year, and has been operating a number of deposit return trials with retailers across the UK.

Truls Haug, managing director of TOMRA Collection Solutions UK & Ireland, said a DRS will ensure Scotland recycles and reuses beverage container material effectively, as well as motivating people to return their used bottles and cans, reducing the negative impact that beverage container waste has on the planet.

The Scottish Government’s deposit return system will include PET bottles, steel and aluminium cans, and glass for all types of drinks in these containers ranging from 50ml to 3l. The deposit on containers has been set at 20p and the system will operate on a ‘return to retailer’ basis.

“This type of scheme – with as few restrictions as possible, which is convenient and easy to use – will achieve the best return rates in our experience.

“For that reason we welcome the inclusion of glass in a DRS for Scotland. I can confirm that TOMRA will have a small footprint machine for convenience stores that can accept PET, can and glass ready for the Scottish rollout. This will have an even smaller footprint than those being trialled in Scotland today.

He added that the company supported the introduction of a similar scheme for the rest of the UK.

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