Reverse Vending Machines give users cash for their empties
Just a few days ago, we told you about a vending machine that dispenses ice cream in return for smiles. Well, if you like cold, hard cash better than cold, soft ice cream, here’s another dispenser-with-a-twist you might be interested in - the Reverse Vending Machine (RVM), that takes in recyclable bottles and cans, and gives out cash in return. RVMs have recently been introduced at the Centro Hollywood shopping mall in Adelaide, as part of the state of South Australia’s effort to promote recycling and reduce littering.
The process starts with consumers placing their empties in the machine’s feed unit. Each container is identified by an imaging camera, and then (if accepted) compacted and sorted into a built-in bin. From there, the material can go straight to a recycling depot. As part of South Australia’s Container Deposit Legislation, the consumer is entitled to a 10-cent deposit for each container. The RVM gives them this cash in the form of a receipt, which they can exchange for currency by scanning it into an adjacent cash machine.
Wincor Nixdorf, manufacturer of the Revendo 7000 and 8000 RVMs, has partnered with Australia’s Statewide Recycling for the project.
“South Australia has a very progressive attitude towards recycling and this is a clear sign that technology will play a major part by encouraging people to recycle at or around shopping malls or other retail locations," said Statewide GM Edward Nixon. "It is a lot more convenient to recycle and receive a deposit refund when you are on the way to the shops.”
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I mean you can tell we are up with the modern times by using a blatantly whoreish commercial name for a town mall such as \"Centro Hollywood\" shopping mall in Adelaide.
Not that it\'s the tacky \"our gummit are $lut$\" for a piece of cheap recognition in the back end of Australia - that gets my dander up; it\'s the fact that you get issues a coupon from the machine, to take to another machine for scanning to get some kind of currency.
One would think the stupid t***s, would have made the same machine dole out 10c, 50c or $1 coins from the same machine.....
Or are we the ingenius kids going to make our earnings at 10c per 10 minutes, instead of by $50 a bag at the recyclers?
(a reader from TURKEY)