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Frucor Suntory introduces one of New Zealand’s first reverse vending machines at the University of Otago

Way back in May last year we introduced the concept of reverse vending machines…a simple machine that takes your recycling, crushes it and pays you back by way of a discount voucher.

And this week, the first reverse vending machine went live at University of Otago.

The machine takes all plastic and cans and has a capacity to hold 1500 units.

Frucor Suntory Head of Sustainability Ben Walkley says the reverse vending machine is a first of its kind in New Zealand.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Univeristy of Otago. It’s an opportunity to further highlight the importance of recycling packaging, showing how easy it is to do the right thing. ​​​​​​​

“We are delighted to be able to support like-minded organisations like University of Otago on important issues regarding our environment.

“We’ve set clear sustainability commitments as part of our long-term plan, and this is a great demonstration of the support we want to give to make recycling easy.  And there are plenty more initiatives to come!”

Otago University Property Services Division Director Dean Macaulay says the reverse vending machine will be emptied for recycling under our University’s contract with Waste Management.

Congratulations to the hardworking team that kept sustainability on the table and managed to bring the reverse vending machine to life – Matt Thompson, Sheldon Kearns, Blake Herrington, Ben Walkley and Brad Erceg – and a team of supporters across the business who helped investigate and test throughout the process.