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System Considerations

To set up an optimal reverse vending system, a number of factors need to be taken into consideration:

  • Weekly container return volume and container mix
  • Desired frequency of container handling
  • Available space
  • Desired customer service level


Systems for non-refillable containers

A non-refillable container will not be reused, but will be sorted, compacted and sent directly to the recycling plant.

The in-store sorting and compacting makes it possible to keep the material "pure" –  i.e. separate from other types of containers or other unwanted materials. This enables the material to be used for new containers, and not downcycled to less valuable materials.

Non-refillable containers are typically aluminum or steel cans, PET bottles and glass.