Recycling specialist Tomra is trialling a reverse vending machine (RVM) specifically designed to help UK convenience stores with the deposit return scheme (DRS).

DRS is currently being trialled in Scotland as a means to help inform the upcoming Scottish DRS policy. Under the trial, customers pay a 20p premium on canned and bottled drinks. The 20p is refunded when they deposit the empty container in an RVM at a store. 

Governments in England, Wales and Ireland are also examining the likelihood of introducing DRS.

Tomra is currently developing a smaller RVM for UK retailers, which measures 60cm deep, 96cm wide and 1.6m high. 

The machine has one compartment that accepts glass and aluminium containers alongside plastic. 

Mark Brill, Tomra UK & Ireland sales and marketing vice president, told RN: “We’re developing this for convenience stores because we know they have issues such as size constraints.

The RVM also has measures to prevent customers from reusing the same container for repeat refunds.

“The machine will crush the bottle and has several cameras to identify what is being placed into it,” Brill added.  

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