Revend Recycling Ltd., a U.K. corporation, announces today the launch of an innovative reverse vending recycling machine for the collection and recycling of domestic light bulbs and domestic batteries.
The company claims the patented reVend® reverse vending recycling machine is the domestic light bulb reverse vending recycling machine of its type in the world and has been jointly designed and developed by Revend Recycling Ltd. and Repant ASA, a corporation listed on the Norwegian Stock Exchange.
The light bulb recycling machine has an add-on unit, as an option, for the collection and recycling of domestic batteries which contain valuable and scarce natural mineral resources.
Increased demand for recycling light bulbs and the international change over to CFL (long life – low energy) and LED domestic light bulbs and the recycling of domestic batteries is a key environment policy for all Governments, the EU Commission and the United Nations.
Recycling rates in the domestic lighting industry is in sharp focus internationally as significant waste tonnage amounts remain untreated and unprocessed. Used light bulbs frequently end up in “landfill” sites at considerable environmental and financial cost.
The new range of light bulb recycling machines from Revend® will help to increase national recycling rates and assist companies and organizations comply with their recycling targets and environmental recycling obligations.
Revend Recycling will sell and market unique reverse vending recycling machines throughout Europe, the U.S. and worldwide under its brand name Revend®.
Repant will manufacture /assemble the recycling machines based on its COSMOS reverse vending recycling machine technology.
Features of the light bulb reverse vending recycling machine are:
- Automated safe collection and recycling of domestic light bulbs, including incandescent bulbs; CFL light bulbs (which contain mercury – a hazardous waste) and LED light bulbs.
- Battery collection unit available as an ‘add-on’ extra.
- Unique in-built technology safely recycles light bulbs containing mercury and other hazardous materials.
- Automated soft drop system safely collects and lowers light bulbs into a special collection container, minimizing breakages.
An internal mercury fume extractor and mercury fume filter absorbs any escaped mercury fumes.
It is a ‘stand alone’ machine similar in size to a vending machine.
User automatically receives a reward incentive voucher which can be used for product discounts and sales incentives.
Staff do not need to touch the potentially harmful recycled light bulbs when removing from the recycling bin.
Unique technology facilitates the compiling of auditable statistics on bulb types by manufacturer and volumes recycled.
The unit has a TV screen for digital media advertising and environmental messages.
A display cabinet provides scope for advertising and corporate/product branding.
A user-friendly LED touch screen menu includes option for numerous languages.
The database is updated regularly via telemetry from anywhere in the world by authorized users.
The unit automatically sends text or email when secure light bulb storage container is nearly full and needs emptying.
It complies with EU and U.S. environmental and recycling standards.
Revend Recycling recently concluded a supply agreement with IKEA of Sweden, a leading international retailer, and will install a significant number of machines in several IKEA stores throughout Europe, including the U.K., Germany, and Denmark.
Revend Recycling pioneered the supply agreement with IKEA following a successful pilot installation in IKEA, Lakeside Shopping Centre near London, U.K.
IKEA is the first to install the unique light bulb reverse vending recycling technology in its stores starting with IKEA Wembley and IKEA Wednesbury, West Midlands.
Customers of IKEA who recycle used light bulbs will automatically receive a reward incentive voucher to use in-store and also have the option to make a donation to charities such as UNICEF, Save the Children, WWF and the Woodland Trust.