Governments worldwide are considering implementing Deposit Return Schemes (DRS) to help address the adverse environmental impact of waste containers on our planet. Retailers are already starting to understand the issue of single use plastic and trying to improve their packaging methods to help address this and now have an ideal opportunity to take the lead in the war on single use plastics. Investing in recyclever® reverse vending machines can help support the cause and make the world a better place for everyone.

 WITH a Government Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in place

In a deposit return scheme, all consumers pay a small deposit on a container, which is added to the price of the beverage in store and refunded when the bottle is returned via a Return Point. A Return Point can be a Manual Return Point, or an Automated Return Point (Reverse Vending Machine). Retailers that fall under the jurisdiction of a Deposit Return Scheme are obliged to provide a Return Point, and the majority will choose to use Reverse Vending Machines as the financial benefits tend to outweigh that of a Manual Return Point. If a retailer can forecast at least 200 collections per day then costs of a purchasing a Reverse Vending Machine would be covered (this is based on the handling fees outlined by Circularity Scotland, true as of 10th October 2022)


Reverse Vending Machines aren't exclusive to Deposit Return Schemes. You can utilise the benefits of a Reverse Vending Machine in any location. Larger Retailers may want to create their own DRS, or a 'Closed Loop Deposit Return Scheme'. Recyclever can collaborate with you to integrate your own Software Solutions or Loyalty Apps. Encourage your employees and/or customers to return their recyclable containers to our Automated Return Points (or RVM's). Not only will you be doing your bit for the sustainability of our planet, but you'll be retaining footfall at worst, and creating vast marketing opportunities. Whether this is by demonstrating your CSR (corporate social responsibilities) or generating advertising revenue in high footfall locations.

The Benefits of Reverse Vending to

Increases Customer Footfall:

Reverse vending provides a stand-alone reason for people to visit a Supermarket, DIY Store or other Retail Outlet. Increasingly people will be looking for specific plastic and aluminium recycling services, as the adverse damage to our environment becomes more evident.

Encourages Customer Loyalty:

The discount vouchers paid out in return for recycling your plastic drinks bottles and aluminium cans will encourage customers to return to the same retailer to redeem their vouchers.

Supports Retailer Commitment to
the Circular Economy:

Helps build and reinforce a retailers’ green credentials in the eyes of customers and investors. Shows a continuation in the trend to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags and single use plastics.

Promotion and Advertising Opportunities:

The large format integral screen provides a very visible advertising opportunity for the retailer to promote its own special offers and deals. Retailers could also sell the advertising space to their suppliers or high-profile brands, generating a further source of income.

Environmental Sustainability:

Retailers then have the opportunity to sell the plastic bottles and aluminium cans to specialist recycling companies creating another revenue stream and the knowledge that all the waste is being recycled professionally and not being sent to landfill.

Improved Efficiency:

Less waste at their site. Reduced cleaning costs as there are fewer bins to maintain and as recyclever® can compact the containers, they take up much less space.

The Benefits of Reverse Vending to

Gain Rewards for Recycling:

Reward your customers for recycling their containers either via monetary deposit returns or with special offers.

Quick, Easy and Convenient:

The machines will take around 40 bottles per minute, are located at easily accessible retail locations, where they are likely to be visiting anyway, so no special journeys required.

Supporting a Sustainable Future:

People are becoming more aware of the need to do something to minimise plastic waste and increasingly want to get involved. Media coverage is growing and this is being positioned as a global crisis putting pressure on everyone to find solutions like Reverse Vending.

Recommended Models


Our smallest footprint in our Reverse Vending Machine range. Small but mighty the AM1 accepts PET and Aluminum cans, and combines them into a single bin. The AM1 is also available with glass collection to provide an all round solution.  


The Recyclever AM2 adds to the functionality of the AM1 in several ways. Available with glass, and a choice of single bin to collect mixed recycling, or dual bin to conveniently separate. Amazing flexibility with a 27" marketing screen for your campaigns.


Our largest Reverse Vending Machine for larger premises, or for those who want to empty less often. The AM3 is available with Glass, Single or Dual Bin options. The AM3 model also features an impressive 49" Multimedia screen to push your high margin items and special offers.  

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