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Recycle and Reward trials are starting across Scotland where you can get incentives like money back, or discount vouchers for returning empty bottles and cans, safe in the knowledge that all items collected will be sent for recycling.

Recycle and Reward - Reverse Vending at IKEA


Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment Richard Lochhead opening the Revend ® Reverse Vending Machines at IKEA Edinburgh and IKEA Glasgow.


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Opening of the FIRST reVend ® Reverse Vending Machines in Scotland at IKEA Edinburgh and IKEA Glasgow

Cash for cans and bottles


Ikea recycle bottle return idea at Edinburgh store

Richard Lochhead launches the scheme at Ikea, which gives rewards for returning bottles. Picture: TSPL

Innovative ‘Recycle and Reward’ schemes, offering people money back for recycling empty bottles and cans will be piloted in Scotland.

IKEA Edinburgh and IKEA Glasgow are amongst the nine companies and organisations trialling the projects, which will reward people for recycling glass, aluminium and plastic (PET) drinks containers through a range of incentives such as money back, discount vouchers or vouchers for donations to charities.

It is hoped that the local pilot projects, part of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Scotland programme, will encourage people to recycle more and limit the amount of used drinks containers going to landfill.


Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment Richard Lochhead visited IKEA in Edinburgh today to see the first of the ‘reverse vending’ machines and hear how the retailer is introducing the scheme in its Scottish stores as a key part of its sustainability programme. more >

At IKEA, shoppers will be able to recycle any glass, plastic or aluminium drinks containers purchased from the restaurant, shop, or vending machines in their Edinburgh and Glasgow stores.  Once returned and deposited through the machine, for each item shoppers will be offered the choice of a 10p voucher to redeem in-store or a 10p donation to one of the stores’ selected charities. 


SCOTLAND'S latest recycling initiative is aiming to breathe new life into an old-fashioned habit.

People who remember taking lemonade bottles back to the shop to collect the deposit are being urged to revive the practice.

Now they can take back aluminium cans and plastic drinks containers as well as empty glass bottles.

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment Richard Lochhead

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment Richard Lochhead said:

“Years ago, we thought nothing of taking our empty glass bottles back to the shops with the added bonus of getting cash back in our pocket. Now thanks to modern technology we are breathing new life into this traditional approach through the Recycle and Reward scheme. By offering customers incentives such as money back or vouchers for recycling their glass bottles and cans when out shopping, at college or travelling to work, I hope we can encourage more people to recycle on the go.

“Each year, around 22,000 tonnes of plastic drinks bottles alone go to landfill in Scotland. If that was separated for recycling it could be worth around £6 million to the economy and that’s why it’s so important that we help more people to recycle what they can.

“Even small steps like recycling more drinks containers can have a big impact on our environment. I hope this new scheme will encourage everyone to go that bit further, helping us to become a zero waste society. By taking small actions to go greener together we benefit Scotland today and for future generations.” 

Linton Scarborough, Store Manager, IKEA Edinburgh, said:

“At IKEA, we are committed to ensuring sustainability is at the heart of what we do. We strive to be a good neighbour and we want to inspire and enable our customers to live a more sustainable life at home, helping them to save or generate energy, reduce or sort waste, use less or recycle water.  We have a number of different sustainability initiatives in place in stores across the UK and also as a company, so we are thrilled to be the first business to trial the ‘Recycle and Reward’ scheme at both of the Scottish IKEA stores. We are excited about this great addition to IKEA Edinburgh and hope it will play a part in making sure recycling is always front of mind for both our customers and co-workers alike.”

IKEA is no stranger to sustainability with many schemes and initiatives taking place at both IKEA Glasgow and IKEA Edinburgh.

Nationwide IKEA is campaigning to raise awareness of making the ‘smarter switch to a better bulb’ in order to help families struggling with ever-increasing energy bills, and encourage sustainable living in the home. From February 2013, the retailer announced its investment of £1.1 million to halve the price of its ‘LEDARE’ LED light bulbs in a bid to help millions of UK consumers save up to a third on their energy bills by using less energy in their homes. LED lighting uses 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 20 years – 20 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.


Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“It’s vital that we consider fresh approaches to boosting recycling rates and capturing the value of materials which would otherwise be sent straight to landfill. Through this pilot, we want to assess the impact of this approach which has proved successful around the world, including in Germany, South Australia and Scandinavia.  It’s important we change the way people view waste in Scotland and we’ll be looking at how incentivising these recycling schemes impacts on recycling rates and complements other schemes designed to capture valuable materials, including kerbside, recycling centres and banks.”

In total, nine ‘Recycle and Reward’ schemes will be piloted at 14 locations including retail outlets, event venues, shopping centres, schools and colleges, as part of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Scotland programme. The local pilots, which will run until September 2013, will be independently monitored and evaluated to assess the potential impact the roll-out of similar schemes could have on recycling rates in Scotland. 


(Left to Right )

in front of a Reverse Vending Machine pilot project for glass , aluminium and PET at the Edinburgh IKEA store

Image of IKEA Glasgow co-workers in front of their Reverse Vending Machine.

Image of IKEA Glasgow co-workers in front of one of their Reverse Vending Machines.

Customers and staff at IKEA Edinburgh and IKEA Glasgow are able to recycle all used cans and plastic bottles (only drinks sold at IKEA) in a Revend ® Reverse Vending Recycling Machine supplied by Reverse Vending Corporation.

Reverse Vending Machines, (RVM’s) are automated machines that utilise advanced technology to identify, sort, collect and process used beverage containers. For each participating used drink container accepted by the Reverse Vending Machine, the “recycler” will receive a voucher worth ten pence for each can or plastic bottle recycled.

Reverse Vending Recycling machines utilise advanced technology to automatically identify, sort and process used beverage containers, separating and compacting the materials ready for recycling. In Scotland, there used to be systems in place (on a non-statutory basis) under which consumers were charged a deposit for some bottles (eg lemonade bottles) and then got the deposit back when they returned the bottles. The bottles were then sent back to the manufacturer for re-filling (i.e. the bottles were re-used rather than sent off for recycling).

The new range of Can and Bottle Revend ® Reverse Vending Recycling Machines will help to increase national recycling rates and assist companies and organisations comply with their recycling targets and environmental recycling obligations.

Used in Europe for over five decades, In most cases Reverse Vending Recycling Systems are used in markets that have deposits on beverage containers, offering a highly efficient method of identifying the deposit amount of each container returned and providing a refund to the customer.

Links :

Scottish reverse vending trials to reward recycling

IKEA recycle bottle return idea at Edinburgh store

Ikea recycle bottle return idea at Edinburgh store

'Recycle and Reward' schemes to be piloted in Scotland

Consumers set to cash in as Scotland pilots recycling incentives

New schemes to test how container deposits and 'reverse vending' systems might work in Scotland.

New Scottish 'Recycle and Reward' schemes

IKEA launch Reverse Vending Machine with Deposit System in Scotland

Rewards for recycling pilot scheme in Scotland

Launch of Scottish 'Recycle & Reward' pilot schemes


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