Today – on the closing day of the UN Ocean Conference – TOMRA Collection,
global leader in reverse vending technology, officially opens a new office in
Ericeira. The Government has agreed on the introduction of a deposit return
system (DRS) for the recycling of beverage containers, and the DRS ordinance
will be published soon. TOMRA’s reverse vending machines automate the return of
bottles and cans, to help make deposit return systems more efficient and
office will serve as a base for TOMRA’s staff and also as a showroom for
visitors. The showroom encourages visitors to gain a rewarding recycling
experience by trying out TOMRA’s state-of-the-art RVM technologies and the
machines’ seamless integration with digital services to boost convenience and
founded in Norway on April 1, 1972 by brothers Petter and Tore Planke. After
seeing a local grocer struggle with the manual collection of empty bottles in
their store – which consumers returned for reuse – the brothers developed the
first fully-automated reverse vending machine in their family’s garage.
later, TOMRA has more than 80,000 installations in over 60 markets, with over
4600 employees across the company worldwide. TOMRA Collection captures over 40
billion drink containers each year. Its reverse vending machines enable 4.5
million tons in avoided carbon emissions each year.
Ericeira as its base in Portugal. The new office is located in one of Europe’s
most popular surf spots and lies on top of a hill, overlooking the ocean. This
unique location underlines TOMRA's ambition to keep used beverage containers
out of our oceans, streets and landfills.
MacArthur Foundation estimated that in 2050 there will be more plastic than
fish in the ocean, and an effective way to reduce ocean plastic pollution is to
prevent it reaching the sea in the first place. For that, the challenge is to
reduce litter and increase recycling rates among consumers, which can be achieved
using container deposit schemes and reverse vending machines. TOMRA believes
that Clean Loop Recycling is the solution for keeping beverage containers out
of the waste stream, moving valuable materials from single use to multiple use.
In Norway – where TOMRA pioneered the first fully-automated reverse vending
machines – collection rates for plastic bottles are 98%.
opening of TOMRA’s new office, we look forward to helping Portugal transform
into being greener, more circular and more sustainable. TOMRA seeks to provide
a great experience when consumers return their bottles and cans through our
solutions and enable Clean Loop Recycling,” said Tove Andersen, TOMRA’s
President and CEO.