TOMRA launches “Basic Line” reverse vending machines for retailers new to deposit return schemes

Global reverse vending leader TOMRA Collection has launched its new Basic Line, a line of reverse vending machines (RVMs) offering innovation and affordability to stores new to participating in deposit return systems (DRSs). The Basic Line is designed to offer a simple way to start collecting empty beverage containers for recycling while saving space and resources for retailers.

The first product in the Basic Line is the TOMRA B5™ Combi. It has a compact footprint of only 0.8 square meters, making it a good fit for small stores or locations with limited space to accommodate additional retail equipment. It also features plug-and-play installation for seamless set-up and a large 21.5″ touch display for greater user-friendliness toward consumers who are also new to deposit return. The free-standing RVM can collect a combination of plastic bottles and cans in two different bins right inside the reverse vending machine, or just one bin for one material type.

TOMRA B5 Combi is launching first in Ireland, the latest region to introduce a DRS, which went live on 1st February. The system requires retailers to take back drink containers and refund deposits, as part of the country’s efforts to reduce litter and increase recycling rates. TOMRA is partnering with retailers to support the implementation of the system and provide convenient and engaging recycling solutions.

To make container returns more efficient for both consumers and stores, DRSs often utilize reverse vending to automate the process. These machines instantly identify, count and sort eligible containers, and pay out the correct deposit refund – as a more hygienic, efficient and accurate alternative to manual, human handling.

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