Innovative light bulb recycling machine
Revend Recycling, a UK corporation, has launched an innovative reverse vending recycling machine for the collection and recycling of domestic light bulbs and domestic batteries.
The patented reVend reverse vending recycling machine is the first domestic light bulb reverse vending recycling machine of its type in the world and has been jointly designed and developed by Revend Recycling and Repant ASA.
The machine will assist companies and organisations in complying with their recycling targets and environmental recycling obligations. The light bulb recycling machine also has an add-on unit, as an option, for the collection and recycling of domestic batteries.
A significant number of the machines have been installed in several IKEA stores throughout Europe, including the UK, Germany and Denmark, following a successful pilot installation in IKEA’s Lakeside Shopping Centre near London.
The light bulb reverse vending recycling machine allows for the automated safe collection and recycling of domestic light bulbs, including incandescent bulbs, CFL light bulbs and LED light bulbs. An automated soft drop system safely collects and lowers the light bulbs into a special collection container, thereby minimising breakages.
The machine automatically sends a text or email when the secure light bulb storage container is nearly full and needs emptying. An internal mercury fume extractor and mercury fume filter absorbs/removes any escaped mercury fumes. In addition, staff members do not need to touch the potentially harmful recycled light bulbs when removing them from the recycling bin.
The machine includes a television screen for digital media advertising and environmental messages, and its display cabinet provides scope for advertising and corporate or product branding. In addition, users can automatically receive a reward incentive voucher, which can be used for product discounts and sales incentives, or provide users with the opportunity to donate rewards to charity.