New Zealand announces deposit return system for drink containers
Founded in 1972, TOMRA is the leading provider of reverse vending systems. TOMRA has a long-standing presence in New Zealand, employing over 300 New Zealanders in its fresh foods sorting business. They are currently part of the TOMRA Cleanaway joint venture. TOMRA Cleanaway is the network operator for the New South Wales ‘Return and Earn’ deposit return system in Australia, which has just collected seven billion containers in five years. TOMRA is also a major collection point operator in the Queensland and Western Australian schemes. TOMRA's reverse vending machines accept, recognize and collect over 40 billion empty drink containers worldwide every year. It’s part of a continuous recycling process that TOMRA calls ‘Clean Loop Recycling’, which ensures fewer resources are used, less energy is wasted and containers have the best chance of being turned back into containers again – time after time.