RVM Systems UK and ALS create Redemption Centres for large UK stores to recycle single-use cans and bottles
RVM Systems, a main supplier of reverse vending machines (RVMs), has partnered with ALS, a leader in UK Retail Installations, in order to create ‘Redemption Centres’, also known as car park solutions, to collect used beverage containers.
Designed to be installed in supermarket and hypermarket car parks for stores with high volumes of recyclable containers, the Redemption Centres are modular, Deposit Scheme compliant and can be adapted to fit any store with the option of being expanded if needed.
Scotland’s Deposit Return scheme is planned to go live for the public on 1 July 2022. England, Wales and Northern Ireland will assess a start date of a UK wide Deposit Return Scheme, following a review of the recent public consultation by DEFRA.
Gudmund Larsen, Research and Development, RVM Systems said: “Our Redemption Centres are easy to use, efficient and consumer friendly. They accept single-use beverage containers such as cans and PET plastic bottles which are collected, sorted and recycled, helping to limit waste and protect the environment for future generations.”
Martin Fletcher, Director of ALS said: “The Redemption Centres are installed in car parks and are ideal for enterprises such as large supermarkets, local authorities and town recycling centres which need to recycle a high number of single-use beverage containers, and are able to process up to 120 containers per minute.”
Notes to Editors:
RVM Systems is a Swedish company with R&D in Norway and Denmark, and with production in Estonia and Denmark. The company is a main supplier of reverse vending machines and high speed counting solutions to DRS markets as well as other markets across the world. RVM Systems offers a comprehensive range of standalone types and modular customisable systems.
ALS is one of the country’s fastest growing providers of Logistics and Managed Service Solutions, supporting its customers in all industries across the UK and Europe.
The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Reverse Vending Machines) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020.
Retailers in Scotland will no longer need planning permission to install reverse vending machines for the country’s deposit return scheme for drink containers.
You can find the full details of the legislation, including the criteria, at legislation.gov.uk
SCOTTISH STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS
2020 No. 269
TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING
The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Reverse Vending Machines) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020
2nd September 2020
Laid before the Scottish Parliament
4th September 2020
Coming into force
30th October 2020
The Scottish Ministers make the following Order in exercise of the powers conferred on them by sections 30, 31 and 275 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997(1) and all other powers enabling them to do so.
Citation and commencement
1. This Order may be cited as the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Reverse Vending Machines) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020 and comes into force on 30 October 2020.
Amendment of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992
2.—(1) The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992(2) is amended in accordance with article 2(2).
(2) In schedule 1 (permitted development), after Part 2E (access ramps) insert—
“PART 2FREVERSE VENDING MACHINES
(1) The installation, alteration or replacement of a reverse vending machine in a wall of a shop or within the curtilage of a shop.
(2) Development is not permitted by this class if—
(a)the reverse vending machine would exceed 3.5 metres in height,
(b)its footprint would exceed 80 square metres,
(c)in the case of a reverse vending machine installed in the wall of a shop, any part of the development would protrude 2 metres beyond the outer surface of that wall,
(d)it would be situated within 15 metres of the curtilage of a building used for residential purposes,
(e)it would face onto and be within 5 metres of a road,
(f)it would be within—
(i)a site of archaeological interest,
(ii)a national scenic area,
(iii)a historic garden or designed landscape,
(iv)a historic battlefield,
(v)a conservation area,
(vi)a National Park, or
(vii)a World Heritage Site.
(3) Development is permitted by this class subject to the following conditions—
(a)where the reverse vending machine is no longer in operation—
(i)the development must be removed as soon as reasonably practicable, and
(ii)the land on which the development was situated, including any wall in which the development was installed must, as soon as reasonably practicable, and so far as reasonably practicable, be reinstated to its condition before that development was carried out.
(4) For the purpose of this class—
“footprint” means an area of ground covered by development,
“reverse vending machine” means a machine for the purpose of accepting scheme packaging, reimbursing deposits for each item of scheme packaging accepted, and retaining the scheme packaging for collection within the meaning of the Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland Regulations 2020(3), and any associated enclosure, building, canopy or other structure,
“scheme packaging” has the meaning given in regulation 3(2) of the Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland Regulations 2020,
“shop” means a building used for any purpose within class 1 of the schedule of the Use Classes Order, and
“World Heritage Site” means land appearing on the World Heritage List kept under article 11(2) of the 1972 UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage(4).”.
Authorised to sign by the Scottish Ministers
St Andrew’s House,
2nd September 2020
(This note is not part of the Order)
This Order amends the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992. Article 2(2) introduces new class 9H of permitted development which creates permitted development rights for the installation, alteration, or replacement of reverse vending machines in a wall of a shop or within the curtilage of a shop.
1997 c.8. Section 275 was relevantly amended by section 54(16) of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (asp 17) and paragraph 32 of schedule 3 of the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) act 2014 (asp 3). The functions of the Secretary of State were transferred to the Scottish Ministers by virtue of section 53 of the Scotland Act 1998 (c.46).
UNESCO World Heritage Centre – World Heritage List.
RVM Systems acquired the company Redemption Centres Ltd for an undisclosed sum on the 27th May 2020, including all intellectual property and trademarks.
The acquisition of the company Redemption Centres Ltd enables RVM Systems to brand all “car park” solutions in the UK Deposit Return Scheme as Redemption Centre ®
Scotland Deposit Return Scheme
Scotland was the first part of the United Kingdom to announce that it is bringing in a deposit return scheme for drinks packaging. Scotland’s deposit return scheme will increase the quality of materials for recycling, the materials will be non contaminated, pure, separated and ready for recycling. The Scottish deposit return scheme (DRS) will improve recycling rates and reduce litter significantly.
Introduction to RVM Systems
- A main supplier of reverse vending solutions and high-speed counting solutions to DRS markets as well as other markets across the world
- Comprehensive range of RVMs of standalone types and modular customizable systems
- Headquarter in Sweden, R&D in Norway. Production in Estonia, own companies in Finland, France, Estonia, Romania and UK (Edinburgh, Scotland)
- Anker Andersen, (Denmark Head quarter with German subsidiary) producer of high-speed large volume beverage container counting acquired by RVM Systems owner Färna Invest Autumn 2019
Owned by Färna Invest
- Very stable and long term 100% privately owned company by Gerald Engström.
- Biggest holding Systemair Group, Turnover 8300 MSEK 2018/2019, 6016 employees, listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange
- Färna Invest is the biggest shareholder of our contract manufacturer HANZA Group. HANZA total turnover 2 300 MSEK, with 1,600 employees in six countries
Redemption Centre ® is a registered UK trademark
The Scottish Parliament voted today (Wednesday 13 May) to approve Regulations which will establish Scotland’s Deposit Scheme to boost recycling of single-use drinks containers.Source : Zero Waste Scotland
This means that, on 1 July 2022, Scotland will join around 45 countries and territories around the world who operate a deposit return.
This timetable will give retailers and producers clarity on the future of deposit return in Scotland and more time to prepare.
The scheme will see people pay a 20p deposit on metal cans and PET plastic and glass bottles, refunded when they’re returned for recycling.
The final regulations, which were laid in the Scottish Parliament in March, maintain the ambitious approach to materials, with glass included alongside PET plastic and aluminium and steel. Following consultation with island communities, feedback from the Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee and stakeholder input, the Scottish Government made changes to the regulations. These include a commitment to review the performance of the scheme by October 2026, including the deposit level, materials and the collection targets.
Now that the scheme has passed into law, details on how to apply to become a scheme administrator(s) that will run Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme will be available shortly.
Until the deposit return scheme is up and running, as Scotland continues to tackle coronavirus, consumers should follow the latest government and local authority advice on dealing with recycling and waste items.
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
Our Reverse Vending Machine was installed in the Tesco Borehamwood store on the 27th September 2018.
The machine has been installed exactly one year ago today!
This installation was the very first (instore) RVM System in the UK , initially the RVM was set up to only receive Tesco own brand bottles upto 750ml rewarding the customer with 10 pence for every bottle retuned.
The initial trial allowed consumers to deposit a maximum of 10 bottles per customer, per day and only bottles up to 750ml in size could be deposited.
Tesco wanted to test “on the go” recycling to accept smaller bottles consumed “on the go” , due to public demand and the large volumes of bottles sold in UK Supermarkets over 750 ml Tesco opened the database enabling the RVM to accept any Tesco drinks bottle upto 3 litres!
Once the RVM System started to accept large bottles (upto 3 litres) the recycling figures increased dramatically !
The impact on store staff has been insignificant and the overall response from customers and store staff has been very positive, with many families changing their shopping habits to include saving bottles to return to the store on their next visit !
Tesco are very happy with the Borehamwood pilot and the RVM Systems team have enjoyed working Elliott and DRS Team at Tesco Head Office !
Here is the original Press Release :
Tesco trials money back on returned plastic bottles, and calls for a national approach to recycling
27 September 2018
Tesco has today announced further ways to make it simpler for customers to recycle and reuse plastic packaging, and stepped up its commitment to move to a closed loop packaging system. It also calls on Government to introduce a consistent nation-wide approach to recycling.
To encourage customers to recycle plastic bottles, Tesco has today begun trialling in-store recycling machines, which will pay customers for every plastic bottle returned. The trial will take place at selected stores in Borehamwood, Swansea, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham. The first machine opens for customers in Borehamwood today (27 September) and will pay 10p for bottles returned.
In addition, from 3 October customers will be able to reuse their own multi-use plastic containers when they buy meat, cheese or fish from deli and fish counters in UK stores. Instead of using single-use plastic bags, products will be weighed and wrapped in recyclable paper then placed inside the customer’s container with the price label placed on the paper.
Earlier this year Tesco announced its intention to simplify the number of materials it used in packaging to help improve the ease and rate of recyclability. It also highlighted the challenges of having different collection schemes in different local authority areas making it costly and confusing for customers to recycle.
Jason Tarry, UK and ROI CEO said:
“We are already committed to eliminating single use plastic wherever we can and make recycling simpler for customers. Today is another step in that direction
“However, we know that it is going to take retailers, manufacturers and government to work together to make progress. We would urge the government to move to a single, nationwide approach to waste collection that makes it much easier for people to recycle.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Tesco’s approach to packaging
Over 80% of the packaging on all our own brand Tesco products is recyclable depending on if the local authority collect it. As part of our Little Helps plan, we have made the following commitments:
- Making all packaging fully recyclable or compostable by 2025.
- Ensuring that all paper and board used will be 100% sustainable by 2025.
- Halving packaging weight by 2025 compared to 2007 levels.
In May 2018, Tesco announced its commitment to remove, reduce, recover, reuse and recycle packaging.
We outlined three steps to achieve this:
- Materials and design: In collaboration with our suppliers, we can reduce and simplify the types of materials we use in our packaging so that less packaging is used and packaging is easier to recycle. We have reviewed every material used in our Own Brand packaging and as a result of our review and consultation process with our suppliers, we have developed a preferred material list for our product packaging.
- Recovery/recycling: This is one area we need greater innovation and there is opportunity for significant government leadership. Currently, the inconsistencies in infrastructure and recycling activities between councils make consumer education and closed loop systems impossible to build. We would welcome the creation of an integrated national collection of packaging and investment in innovative recycling facilities. This is essential to a holistic approach to packaging recycling. PRN reform is also a necessary part of the solution and we look to contributing to this process.
- Changing customer behaviour: Behaviour change can only be driven once a recognised and understood recycling infrastructure is in place. Getting this right will support consumer education and practice.
Reverse Vending Scheme
According to the results of a national poll by YouGov, nearly three quarters of Britons would be likely to return plastic bottles and aluminium cans under a Reverse Vending Scheme.
The first bottle trials will be limited to 10 bottles per customer, per day and up to 750ml bottles can be deposited.
Bring your own container
Following a successful trial in 10 stores, customers will be able to use their own containers at deli counters in over 700 UK stores.
Customers will not be able to use their own containers for:
- Hot food products such as cooked rotisserie chicken.
- Store prepared pizzas.
- The salad bar.
- Olives and antipasti.
Customers will need to bring separate containers for raw and ready-to-eat cooked products.
Customers can only use multi-use plastic sealable containers. No glass, metal or cardboard containers will be accepted.
The paper wrapping is 100% recyclable and biodegradable. Share tools
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Oor Wullie’s BIG Farewell Weekend at the Glasgow SEC 13-15 September 2019
The Zero Waste Scotland’s sculpture – Bring Back Your Empties Wullie – is inspired by Scotland’s forthcoming Deposit Return Scheme, in which customers will pay a 20p deposit and get it back when they return their plastic bottle, glass bottle or can for recycling.
Scotland’s deposit return scheme will improve recycling rates, increase the quality of recycling materials, and significantly reduce litter.
“Zero Waste Scotland is proud to be part of Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail. The trail has really captured the public’s imagination and will raise vital funds for a fantastic cause.
“Bring Back Your Empties Wullie >> webpage
We demonstrated the latest x3 “Deposit Return Ready” Reverse Vending Machine at the Zero Waste Scotland stand at the SEC Glasgow.
Wullie is the familiar Scots nickname for boys named William. His trademarks are spiky hair, dungarees and an upturned bucket, which he uses as a seat – most strips since early 1937 begin and end with a single panel of Wullie sitting on his bucket.
Barry and Richard from RVM Systems demonstrated the machine to event visitors and found that everyone is really looking forward to Scotland’s forthcoming Deposit Return Scheme.
The weekend was great fun with many “characters” and superheroes walking around the event and wanting to know more about the Deposit Return Scheme.