Revend Recycling Limited has invented what it says is the first reverse vending machine which can be used for recycling spent light bulbs and also old batteries. The machines themselves were created by Revend and Norwegian company, Repant ASA, and are set to start appearing in shops like Ikea throughout theUKsoon.
As well as being able to safely collect and store light bulbs until they can be taken to a dedicated recycling centre, the units also have an additional storage space for recyclable batteries. Bosses at Revend hope their invention will help theUKmeets its recycling targets as well as cutting down the number of light bulbs which end up, unnecessarily, in landfill sites.
The lighting industry has always struggled to meet its own green targets, as many people did not even know that light bulbs could be recycled or recycling facilities would not accept the small numbers produced each year by domestic residences as opposed to office blocks.
UKshoppers will be among the first to benefit from the unique reverse vending units, though Revend aims to sell their invention in Europe and theUStoo, starting in Ikea furniture stores. Ikea customers using the machines to recycle their light bulbs or batteries from home will be given vouchers to use in-store as an incentive to continue with their environmentally friendly activities, or they can convert the value of their recycling into a donation to the Woodland Trust, Save the Children, UNICEF or the WWF.
A pilot successful pilot scheme was launched at the Lakeside branch of Ikea, with Revend machines now set to be installed in the stores at Wednesbury, in the West Midlands, and Wembley,London.