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Case Studies

Take a deep dive into reverse vending and deposit return systems, through the stories of our customers, recyclers and partners.

TOMRA has delivered reverse vending solutions since 1972 to help stakeholders right across the value chain in the return of empty beverage containers for recycling. These case studies spotlight the work and achievements of customers at the heart of Clean Loop Recycling, best practices in deposit return systems, individuals and organizations making a difference through deposit return, and TOMRA partners across the community.


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17 January 2022

Key elements of high-performing deposit return systems: #5 - Separately charged and fully refundable deposits

In this System Spotlight article series, TOMRA provides a deep dive into the best practices of high-performing container deposit return schemes.

12 January 2022

Australian bride recycles 140,000 drink containers to pay for her dream wedding

Queensland, AUSTRALIA: As part of their local deposit return system, Leonie Starr and her new husband Matt Porter collected 140,000 beverage containers to finance their wedding, cleaning up their neighborhood in the process.

10 December 2021

Hypermarket Prisma ensures maximum recycling uptime for their customers

Pirkkala, FINLAND: The hypermarket Prisma's service agreement with TOMRA ensures their reverse vending systems are always in the best working condition.

08 December 2021

K-Citymarket Vantaa Tammisto nearly triples container returns after acquiring TOMRA R1

Vantaa, FINLAND: Bottle returns at K-Citymarket Vantaa Tammisto have grown from 5.1 million to 14 million after the hypermarket purchased the TOMRA R1 "multi-feed" reverse vending machine - an increase of nearly 9 million containers within the first year.

23 November 2021

The 10-cent Recycling Kid makes a thriving business by collecting drink containers

Brisbane, AUSTRALIA: Young entrepreneur Lockie Patterson-Smyth contributes to keeping the environment clean by recycling everything he can through his business, 10-cent Recycling Kid

01 November 2021

Key elements of high-performing deposit return systems: #4 - Convenient redemption system for consumers

In this System Spotlight article series, TOMRA provides a deep dive into the best practices of high-performing container deposit return schemes.

26 October 2021

K-market Perkkaa meets store and shopper recycling needs

Espoo, FINLAND: Marika Rekilä, Store Owner at K-Market Perkkaa, believes that many customers will do their grocery shopping where returning their empty beverage containers is guaranteed to work well.

01 September 2021

Key elements of high-performing deposit return systems: #3 - Return-rate target

In this System Spotlight article series, TOMRA provides a deep dive into the best practices of high-performing container deposit return schemes.

27 August 2021

“Bottles Can Change Lives” recycling appeal supports Australians during Covid-19

AUSTRALIA: As well as the significant health impact, Covid-19 has brought emotional and financial hardship, with many in communities across Australia struggling to put food on the table or pay their rent or bills. Many others have experienced mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety. From August 2020 to February 2021, TOMRA joined forces with local deposit return schemes and three well-respected charities to support those in need, through the “Bottles Can Change Lives” recycling appeal.  

11 August 2021

Cans for a Cause empowers youth recycling heroes


Connecticut, UNITED STATES: Connecticut-based organization teaches social responsibility and financial literacy through recycling.

11 August 2021

Key elements of high-performing deposit return systems: #2 – Minimum deposit value

In this System Spotlight article series, TOMRA provides a deep dive into the best practices of high-performing container deposit return schemes.

02 July 2021

Gazton the recycling dog collects 10,000 Swedish crowns in container deposit refunds

Växjö, SWEDEN: The recycling Dalmatian from Sweden cleans up litter in his local community. Since he was a puppy, Gazton has been picking up littered containers during his daily walks and has returned hundreds of containers for recycling.

30 June 2021

eXXpedition research voyages measure and raise awareness of ocean plastic impacts 

eXXpedition is a series of all-female scientific voyages around the world, sailing to do research on and raise awareness about the impact of ocean plastic pollution. With the issue of plastic pollution close to its heart, TOMRA joined the international sailing voyages as a top sponsor, beginning with eXXpedition’s 2018 journey through the North Pacific Gyre (also known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch) and the 2019-2021 eXXpedition Round The World journey.

14 June 2021

Key Elements of High-Performing Deposit Return Systems: #1 - Broad Scope of Beverages and Containers

In this System Spotlight article series, TOMRA provides a deep dive into the best practices of high-performing container deposit return schemes.

15 April 2021

The Red Cross’s recycling lottery becomes pillar of support for humanitarian work


NORWAY: The recycling lottery has become a major contributor to the Norwegian Red Cross, and a great success for owner Olav Thon Group and collaboration partner TOMRA. The lottery brings together the excitement of a game, protecting the environment, and supporting a charity making an impact.

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