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Finnish recyclers can return over 100 drink containers in one go
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:20.Aug.2020

Recyclers in Finland can for the first time ever pour over 100 empty beverage containers into a reverse vending machine in one go, rather than inserting them one by one, following the launch in the country of the TOMRA R1 by global reverse vending leader TOMRA.


Finland is the first new market to introduce the TOMRA R1 “multi-feed” reverse vending solution since the original launch of the product in Norway, Sweden and the US in November. In total, 29 TOMRA R1s are now live in stores and redemption facilities across the four countries, with several more to be installed shortly.


Recyclers in Finland can pour over 100 empty beverage containers into a reverse vending machine in one go.

The solution makes its Finnish debut at the supermarket K-Citymarket Tammisto in the city of Vantaa. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, K-Citymarket Tammisto has the first TOMRA R1 that operates 24/7.


Tailored to larger supermarkets and return locations receiving high volumes of drink containers, TOMRA R1 offers a more user-friendly and convenient recycling experience. TOMRA R1 provides mess-free recycling, as there is no need to handle each bottle.


“The rapid return of containers at TOMRA R1 makes it even more convenient and motivating to recycle empty drink containers. Finnish recyclers can save the planet, one bottle at a time… or, in this case, over 100 bottles at a time,” explains Lauri Kangaslahti, Managing Director for TOMRA in Finland.


How does it work?


Recyclers simply open the lid on the TOMRA R1 and pour in their empty cans and plastic bottles, and close the hatch to begin the counting and sorting process. They then collect their deposit refund voucher and start shopping. Ineligible containers are returned via the reject chute.


Recyclers simply pour in their empty cans and bottles and ineligible containers are returned via the reject chute.

TOMRA R1 is also intuitive to use, reduces queues, and offers efficient and fast recycling. When returning over 100 beverage containers, recycling at TOMRA R1 is up to five times faster than using a single-feed solution, since containers do not need to be inserted one by one.


The new TOMRA R1 is also easy for retailers to clean and maintain. It is the first reverse vending machine with a backroom-facing operator screen located inside the machine, so store personnel have at their fingertips all the information they need for operating and maintaining the TOMRA R1.



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