Preparations for Deposit Return Scheme : TOMRA Designs New Compact Reverse Vending Machine for Scotland


Scottish retailers have inspired the design of a new compact reverse vending machine from TOMRA, which 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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