Tomra Sorting Solutions has introduced a new digital voucher system for its container deposit schemes, which will initially be introduced in Queensland, Australia.
Accessed through the company’s myTOMRA app, the new system offers digital vouchers as a payout option for container deposit schemes, where consumers receive refunds when they return their empty bottles and cans for recycling at reverse vending machines.
When depositing containers, consumers need to select the digital voucher option on the reverse vending machine screen as the payout method and scan their personal myTOMRA barcode, and their refund amount appears in the myTOMRA app shortly afterwards.
Recyclers can then scan their digital voucher at the cash register or service desk at participating retailers to receive their recycling deposit back as cash or in-store credit.
Tomra claims that the new system means that the company is the first reverse vending provider to offer digital vouchers as a payout option.
Aleksander Mortensen, head of Tomra collection solutions digital said: “With our planet’s resources high on the international agenda and the movement toward paperless working, we thought it was counter-intuitive that a machine that enables recycling should rely on paper.
“Tomra reverse vending machines have long offered charity donations as an alternative to refund vouchers, and the launch of the myTOMRA app offered even more flexibility with digital payout via PayPal.
“It is our latest digital voucher functionality though that truly replaces the need for paper, even for those who prefer retail credit for their refund.
“In myTOMRA, we are striving to build the ultimate app to make container returns easy and convenient both for end users and for sites providing reverse vending systems.
“We are excited to take the next step for myTOMRA in making the recycling experience even more flexible and environmentally friendly.”
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