Reverse vending - feature articles

A wedding plaque that says Frederikke and Pablo

Norwegian couple pay for their wedding by returning bottles and cans

Containers to pay for her dream wedding

Turning off the tap for rising marine litter

A million plastic bottles are sold every minute. TOMRA has made it its mission to stop them reaching the ocean.
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How deposit return systems reduce carbon emissions

Drinks containers made from recycled materials have a smaller carbon footprint than those made from scratch. By keeping high-quality materials in a recycling loop, deposit return systems work to avoid carbon emissions in a number of ways.

Under the microscope: Microplastics in the ocean

What are they, why are there microplastics in the ocean, and what action can we take?

How marine debris transports species to foreign shores

Marine debris is one of the largest ecological challenges facing the world today and
poses a grave threat to underwater and coastal ecosystems, as well as to human health.

Waste is an old-fashioned concept says TOMRA

Earth Overshoot Day announcement highlights need for circular economy for resource sustainability

Exxpedition research voyages measure and raise awareness of ocean plastic impacts

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How European policymakers can create a circular economy

There has been a seismic shift in public attitudes to waste and recycling recently, and policymakers have been implementing ambitious targets and new regulation all over the world. The European Union is no exception, having announced a series of new laws that will undoubtedly change the way EU Member States recycle and view waste in the future.

How does plastic end up in the ocean and what can be done about it?

Plastic remains one of the most pressing challenges facing our oceans. Where does this plastic come from? And how does it end up in the seas?

What is circular economy?

The circular economy is transforming the way we use and reuse resources, reducing waste and improving the sustainability of our planet. But what is the circular economy, and how does it work?

How TOMRA seeks to combat ocean plastic

The battle against plastic pollution in the environment and our oceans is high on the agenda for TOMRA Collection. Here’s why.

How do container deposit schemes work?

Around the world, demand is growing for countries to increase their recycling rates for bottles and cans, as a means to fight litter and ocean plastic and conserve scarce resources. To meet this challenge, many regions are considering container deposit schemes, which see up to almost 100% of all drink containers returned for recycling. Learn more about what container deposit schemes are and how they work.
World Environment Day 2019

By land and by sea why the fight against plastic pollution is just as important on our own home turf

To mark World Environment Day, TOMRA looks at the issues surrounding land-based plastic waste and how it is damaging both our wildlife and the environment.
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Policies, pollution and people: The rising global demand for deposit return schemes

Find out why deposit return schemes are becoming more popular in response to the growth of plastic pollution and rising recycling costs.
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"Containers 4 Kids" recycling appeal brightens lives of sick kids

The appeal raised money for Starlight Children’s Foundation, turning empty drink containers into much-needed support for the families of sick kids.
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Key elements of high-performing deposit return systems: #8 - Reinvestment of unredeemed deposits and material revenue

TOMRA explains the importance of reinvesting unredeemed deposits and material revenue in Deposit Return Schemes. Read part eight of the System Spotlight series.

Norway’s deposit return scheme is world’s recycling role model

Regarded as the world role model for beverage container recovery and recycling, Norway’s deposit return system is one of the most efficient in the world.
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50 years of TOMRA's reverse vending innovation

As TOMRA marks 50 years in business, we take a look back at how TOMRA spawned an industry and the company’s legacy of innovation in the reverse vending space.
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Cans for a cause empowers youth recycling heroes

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Key elements of high-performing deposit return systems: #7 - Extended Producer Responsibility financing

In this System Spotlight article series, TOMRA provides a deep dive into the best practices of high-performing container deposit return schemes.
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From Halloween to Hallow-green: eco-friendly ideas for celebrating the spooky season

Getting ready for Halloween? From costumes and decorations, to trick-or-treats and the party, here are tips on how to celebrate in a fun and sustainable way!
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Clean up the wild gets its start with the New South Wales container deposit scheme

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Key elements of high-performing deposit return systems: #9 - Recycled content requirements

TOMRA explains the importance of recycled content requirements in deposit return schemes. Read part nine of the System Spotlight series.

Deposit hero collects drink containers to provide food pantry to local community

What started as an exercise to clean up the neighborhood developed into an opportunity to help the local community.

Key elements of high-performing deposit return systems: #1 -broad scope of beverages and containers

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More than just machines: contributing to an important global effort

Harald Henriksen believes that TOMRA Collection has the opportunity to make an enormous impact in the world, to reduce plastic pollution and the associated emissions, and to empower communities to take action.
Happy consumers return their used beverage containers at a reverse vending machine

What happens to a used beverage container when you return it for recycling?

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Recycling hero, 10-cent Tom contributes to climate action by collecting beverage containers

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

Clean Loop Recycling

Beverage containers recycled through reverse vending machines are collected and sorted without contamination from other types of waste. This ensures that they can be recycled into new bottles and cans again and again. This is a process we call Clean Loop Recycling.

10 ways to get kids involved in drink container recycling

Inspire future recycling revolutionaries by getting kids involved in recycling bottles and cans. Motivating kids to recycle can be a great way of teaching them about the environment.
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Key elements of high-performing deposit return systems:#2 – minimum deposit value

Reverse Vending 101: A beginner’s guide

Wondering what a reverse vending machine is, how it works, or what happens to your bottles and cans after you return them for recycling? Learn more in this introduction to reverse vending

Return and Earn rolls out across New South Wales

People can cash in their eligible drink containers from today for a 10-cent refund as part of the State’s Return and Earn container deposit scheme, Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton has announced.
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Key elements of high-performing deposit return systems: #5 -separately charged and fully refundable deposits

Who pays for a deposit return system

A deposit return system for drink container recycling is a form of Extended Producer Responsibility. Who pays for a deposit return system, and how is it funded?

"Bottles can change lives" recycling appeal supports Australians during Covid-19

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The Arc Eastern Connecticut's redemption program supports the community and environment

The Arc Eastern Connecticut is a non-profit organization supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and their families. But the organization doesn’t only provide meaningful services – it also helps protect the environment in Connecticut.
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What is a bottle bill?

Around the world, demand is growing for countries to increase their recycling rates for bottles and cans as a means to fight litter, ocean plastic, and reduce recycling costs. Learn more about what bottle bills are and how they work to ensure container recycling.
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"Bottles for the bush" appeal aids rural communities during Australia’s devastating bushfires and drought

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

T-90 reverse vending machine at Central ShopRite Michigan

Central ShopRite makes recycling clean and engaging for customers

How to reduce plastics in nature with your everyday habits

As we all continue to learn more about plastic pollution in nature, the statistics and images can sometimes be overwhelming. 

The 10-cent recycling kid makes a thriving business by collecting drink containers

A guide to closed-loop recycling

A staggering 1.4 trillion cans and bottles are used across the globe every year, but shockingly only 9% are being recycled. 14% are incinerated and an even larger proportion of the world’s plastic bottles and cans are going into our oceans, streets and landfills.

Only 2% of plastic packaging is recycled in a closed loop. What aboutthe other 98%?

The demand for plastic continues to grow and, currently, only 2% of plastic packaging is kept in a closed loop. What about the other 98% and what can be done to support a plastics circular economy?
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Cans for koalas recycling appeal helps Australian wildlife recover from devastating bushfires

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6 tips for preparing your drink containers for recycling

Recycling is a great way to help the environment, because it helps keep our planet clean and keeps our resources in a loop of continuous reuse. This reduces our reliance on raw materials for producing new containers, and ensures fewer containers end up discarded in oceans, streets and landfills

The return-to-retail collection model for container deposit return systems

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Key elements of high-performing deposit return systems: #6 -Container deposit markings for consumers and manual returns, barcodes foraccurate accounting

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Lithuania exceeds container return rate expectations

Royal flying doctor service brings medical care to Australia’s remote communities

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

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Blog the effects of fast fashion

Most people know that over-consumption is harmful to the environment. Clothing is no exception, but we still buy loads of it each year. While it’s unrealistic to expect people to stop buying new clothes entirely, lessening our consumption and making mindful choices can make a difference for the planet.
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Deposit hero returns 25,000 cans to raise money for vital medical equipment in local community

Local litter collector Louis Bouwmeester used the local deposit return system to raise money to buy a defibrillator to support safety and health in his neighborhood.
23 May 2022
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Who is TOMRA?

So, you know TOMRA provides reverse vending machines to collect drink containers for recycling, but did you know that TOMRA does even more things that help preserve the environment?

5 ways the circular economy is reducing waste and increasing value for people and the planet

The circular economy is transforming the way we use and reuse resources, reducing waste and shifting our lives in a more sustainable direction. Here are five examples of circular economies that are transforming industries and already in action across the globe, including container deposit schemes for closed-loop recycling.
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Why we must stop seeing plastic as waste

Reuse and new mindsets are vital in achieving a circular economy

Put recycling to work for you, together with TOMRA

Maximizing the positive impact of beverage container recycling for your customers, your business and the planet
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8 ways to be more sustainable in the new year

It’s never been easier to bring environmentally-friendly actions into your everyday life. Get the new year off to a green start with these tips to help you be more sustainable.
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The Red Cross recycling lottery becomes pillar of support for humanitarian work

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First official Seabin launches in Sydney harbour to clean up marina litter

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Interview with the TOMRA Founders

As part of TOMRA’s 45th anniversary celebrations this year, we spoke to co-founders and brothers Tore and Petter Planke about the early history of the company. Check out our video interview with the TOMRA founders.

Bottle bill states and how they work

Currently, 10 states throughout the U.S. have bottle bills (container deposit return laws) in place. Learn more about how these bottle bill states work, the scope of containers included, and the results they have achieved.
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What is rPET plastic?

A look at the beverage industry’s eco-friendly alternative to virgin PET
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A changing landscape: The history of deposit return schemes

We take a look at the history of deposit return schemes, and how these recycling programs for drink containers have evolved.
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New survey shows deposit return system is exceeding all expectations

A recent survey conducted by TOMRA in March 2022 shows a decisive majority of Slovaks participates and deposits their beverage containers regularly.  This is a result of high consumer awareness and satisfaction, which drives the number of beverage containers collected for recycling. This success is made possible in part by responsible consumers willing to adopt new habits for a higher cause.