RVM Systems presented an award to Morrisons East Kilbride store.
Barry Watson from RVM Systems presented the prestigious award to Lewis Wilson from Morrisons East Kilbride Store to recognise that Morrisons Lindsayfield store recycled over 2 million used PET plastic bottles and used drink cans since 28th July 2018 , made up of 1,005,919 bottles and 994,081 cans !
Reverse vending machines reward individuals for recycling by providing money or vouchers in return for empty plastic bottles. The machines accept all plastic bottles that have a barcode and Morrisons own-brand bottles (multi-packs) that may not have one.
Customers, who are invited to provide feedback, can return a maximum of 20 bottles a day and receive 50 Morrisons More points in the form of a coupon for each one brought back, which can then be spent in store.
Morrisons are trialing the RVM Systems technology at the store to assess the impact on store staff and explore customer behaviour. The trial has received a 100% positive feedback from store staff and customers.
The Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland will start in 2021
Scottish Ministers have announced legislation to establish a Deposit Return Scheme which would enable consumers to take single-use containers back and redeem a 20p deposit from any retailer selling drinks covered by the scheme, including plastic bottles made from PET plastic, aluminium and steel cans and glass bottles.
The regulations for Deposit Return Scheme are subject to the super-affirmative procedure, and will be laid in Parliament for a 91-day consultation period. This will allow industry experts, interested stakeholders and MSPs the opportunity to comment on the details of the regulations and allow us to refine the legal approach further– this follows on from a consultation in 2018 on the overarching principles.
You are able to “Have your say” on the proposed Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland >> https://consult.gov.scot/environment-forestry/deposit-scheme-for-scotland/consultation/subpage.2016-07-07.1474135251/
Zero Waste Scotland are designing the Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland https://depositreturnscheme.zerowastescotland.org.uk
The same store in East Kilbride recently won an award for recycling over 1 million used drink containers with just one Reverse Vending Machine
Anker Andersen A/S is the leading global supplier when it comes to development and manufacture of highly intelligent solutions for counting and sorting of non-refillable used beverage containers.
Anker Andersen A/S was established in 1945 by Mr Anker Andersen and our company name is thus inseparably associated with the name and achievements of our founder. Today the company name has become a symbol of intelligent and innovative solutions of high quality.
In 1986 Mr Anker Andersen sold the company, but he remained a shareholder until 2007.
The Swedish Investment Company, Färna Invest, has acquired all shares of the Anker Andersen Group, Denmark, from Grundtvig Invest A/S, and the owners from the management team of Anker Andersen. The company will be a fully owned subsidiary of Färna Invest. The management team of Anker Andersen A/S will remain in the company.
Färna Invest is the major shareholder of multinational ventilation company Systemair and sole owner of RVM Systems. RVM Systems is specialized in reverse vending machines with headquarter in Järfälla, Sweden.
Gerald Engström, owner of Färna Invest says, “Färna Invest is pleased to have acquired Anker Andersen Group, a gem of a company that has a strong position in a niche market. We expect to see continued growth, especially with the attention given to circular economy, recycling and resource efficiency. We see synergies between RVM Systems and Anker Andersen, and combined both companies will have a major role in deposit return schemes worldwide.
Peter Rasmussen, managing director of Anker Andersen says, “I am very satisfied that Anker Andersen has found a new owner that fully believes in our company, will give the company optimal conditions to continue and increase growth and realized its full potential. Färna Invest is the ideal long-term industrial owner, and we look very much forward to working with Färna Invest and its company RVM Systems.
Anker Andersen in brief Anker Andersen A/S is the leading global supplier of industrial high-speed counting machines for the recycling industry. Our counting machines provide efficient and reliable counting and sorting of used beverage containers (UBCs) with deposit made from PET, glass or metal. Anker Andersen A/S has its head office and production unit in Toerring, Denmark. It has a subsidiary in Germany and sells its products to deposit systems for beverage containers across the world.
Peter Rasmussen, Managing Director Anker Andersen A/S + 45 30 66 73 20
Gerald Engström, Färna Invest, + 46 70 519 00 01
Anker Andersen in brief
Anker Andersen A/S is the leading global supplier of industrial high-speed counting machines for the recycling industry. Our counting machines provide efficient and reliable counting and sorting of used beverage containers (UBCs) with deposit made from PET, glass or metal. Anker Andersen A/S has its head office and production unit in Toerring, Denmark. It has a subsidiary in Germany and sells its products to deposit systems for beverage containers across the world.
Färna Invest in brief
Färna Invest is a Swedish investment company, which is the main owner of Systemair a group of ventilation product companies that employs over 6,000 people and has a turnover of 8.3 Billion SEK. Systemair shares have been quoted on the Mid Cap List of the Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm since October 2007. The Group comprises about 70 companies. Färna Invest is also the owner of RVM Systems group active in Reverse Vending Machines for beverage containers and has investment in other companies spanning several industries.
The First Cash & Go in Estonia
In the autumn of 2014 the national deposit system in Estonia (EPP) opened a bottle redemption center at the outskirts of Tallinn. The new redemption center receives used beverage containers (cans, PET bottles, one-way and refillable glass) in bulk from the public.
The center is equipped with the latest model of the Cash & Go machine from Anker Andersen A/S, which is capable of counting and handling the empties with a speed of up to 300 containers/minute. The PET bottles and cans are sorted and forwarded into 20’ press containers in order to minimize the volume of the containers and to optimize transportation costs and thus reducing the CO2 emission. One-way glass bottles are sent into special containers. Refillable glass bottles are stored in crates for reintroduction at the breweries’ filling lines.
The redemption center has a footprint of 9.0 x 5.0 meters with a designated customer area of 1.5 x 4.0 meters, where the beverage containers are filled into the bulk feeder for processing. The customer interacts with the touch screen to start and finish the counting. When the counting is finished, the customer will get a receipt, which can be used at a supermarket center nearby.
The public has received the introduction of this new technology overwhelmingly, and the average amount of received beverage containers is about 16,000 empties per day, with a peak as high as 32,000 empties/day.
Cash & Go in Sweden
The first highly efficient self-service Cash & Go machine for used beverage containers has been installed in a waste management site in Norrköping – and the consumers are enthusiastic.
Drop & Go in Denmark
In cooperation with Dansk Retursystem A/S (operator of the Danish deposit and return scheme) Anker Andersen A/S has developed a new deposit return system, where you can quickly and easily return large quantities of empty glass bottles, PET bottles and cans and have your deposit transferred to your account shortly after.
The new concept is called Drop & Go, and the machine is able to receive up to 300 bottles/cans at a time and count up to 120 beverage containers per minute, which is three times faster than the reverse vending machines we know from the stores.
At present the Drop & Go machine is tested to find out whether this return method becomes popular with the consumers, and according to plan the system will also be tested at some of the summer music festivals in Denmark.
For further information about the Drop & Go system please see this news from the Danish TV-channel TV2 Lorry:
The Icelandic deposit system is automated
40 million cans and 42 million PET bottles – such are the numbers of used beverage containers which the Icelandic company Endurvinnslan HF annually collects, sorts and resells to the world market. Until the summer of 2008, all beverage containers were manually counted and sorted, but with the installation of five HLZ high-speed counting machines, Endurvinnslan has started to automate and make the deposit system more efficient, making handling of beverage containers much more profitable.
Increased refund accuracy
As part of the automation process, Endurvinnslan will replace the existing manual collection and sorting locations by a smaller number of automated collection stations based on HLZ machines from Anker Andersen A/S which will count, sort and compress the beverage containers.
So far, two HLZ high-speed counting machines have been installed in Endurvinnslan’s counting centre in the capital of Reykjavik and one machine in Keflavik; in addition, a number of decentralised counting centres are in the planning stage. With the change to automated counting and sorting, the registration accuracy has increased by more than five percent, resulting in much more accurate deposit refunds.
A profitable investment
Endurvinnslan’s investment in HLZ high-speed counting machines will pay for itself within a few years. The increased registration accuracy will reduce the deposit losses which they have had to accept till now, and the immediate compression of the containers will lead to considerable logistical savings as less space is required during transport. Furthermore, Endurvinnslan will make man-hour savings as one HLZ machine is able to handle many more containers than would be possible by manual handling.
A HLZ counting machine can be operated by a general worker and is very user-friendly. The counting centre in Keflavik has therefore – with great success – been established as sheltered workplace for people with disabilities, who are offered a worthwhile job with demands suited to their abilities.
Below are more examples :
Fast and Efficient Sorting
Today we installed another “Deposit Return” ready Reverse Vending Machine in a supermarket in Scotland.
The installation of our RVM Systems x2 model Reverse Vending machine in the Hillhead store in Glasgow will enable Iceland Foods and interested stakeholders to assess the impact on store staff at the store and the change in behaviour of the stores customers.
The current installations with Iceland Foods and other retailers are trials and are not permanent installations.
Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme starts in Q1 2021 , the current trials allow the retailers to gain real experience of having this new technology in their stores.
We enjoy a good relationship with Iceland Foods , we also have machines at the Iceland Foods head office, Iceland Food Fulham store ( this was the first in the UK ) and the Iceland Foods store in Belfast (This was the first machine in Northern Ireland).
We have recently removed the above machine from the Iceland Foods Muselburgh store following a successful trial
The Iceland Foods Hillhead store
224/226 Byres Road, Hillhead, Glasgow,G12 8SH
Facts (full document from Iceland Foods )
- Over 95% of customers believe a deposit return scheme should be extended to all retailers.
- Two thirds of customers used the machines because of environmental concerns
- August 2019 Plastic bottles were accepted in five stores located across the UK Iceland has recycled more than 1 million plastic bottles since May 2018, following its industry-leading move to trial reverse vending machines in a selection of its stores.
- During the trial period Iceland has been gaining feedback from its customers, who have responded extremely positively with 96% of shoppers believing the scheme should be extended to all retailers. Iceland’s customer insights showed the main motivation for people using the reverse vending machines was environmental concerns, with two thirds (67%) choosing this option above any others.
Gallery of our machines with Iceland Foods :
Note: Images copyright RVM Systems – All rights reserved
Iceland Foods Matt Downes explains how the RVM System works in Belfast