South Australia Introduces Reverse Vending Technology from Wincor Nixdorf to Support State-Wide Recycling Efforts

Recycling machine launched at Centro Hollywood mall, Adelaide

Jun 24, 2010, 01:37 ET from Wincor Nixdorf

SINGAPORE, June 24 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Wincor Nixdorf, a global provider of innovative IT solutions to retail banks and retailers, has officially launched Reverse Vending Machines (RVM) in South Australia to support the state's goal to promote recycling and reduce littering. RVM allows for the identification, collecting, sorting and processing of used or empty bottles and cans in a convenient standalone system.

Wincor Nixdorf's Revendo 7000 and 8000 RVMs are now being used by the public at the Centro Hollywood shopping mall, which is located north of Adelaide's central business district in a fast growing residential area.

Consumers insert cans and PET bottles into the feed unit of an RVM. The container is then identified by an image camera, compacted and then sorted in an integrated container, which allows the crushed material to go straight to recycling depots. Consumers receive their cash deposit refunds, as part of the South Australian state government's container deposit legislation (CDL), by scanning a receipt issued by the RVM in an adjacent cash machine.

The CDL scheme allows South Australians to collect a 10-cent refund for each beverage container they recycle. South Australia is currently the only state with a container deposit scheme.

"CDL was introduced in 1977 in South Australia but this is the first time that RVMs have been deployed to allow automated recycling in conjunction with deposit refunds," said Andrew Phay, Vice President and Head of Retail for Wincor Nixdorf in Asia Pacific.

Statewide Recycling, a collector of 10-cent deposit containers from recycling depots throughout South Australia, has partnered with Wincor Nixdorf to launch the RVMs.

"South Australia has a very progressive attitude towards recycling and this is a clear sign that technology will play a major part by encouraging people to recycle at or around shopping malls or other retail locations," said Edward Nixon, General Manager at Statewide Recycling. "It is a lot more convenient to recycle and receive a deposit refund when you are on the way to the shops," he added.

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Wincor Nixdorf is one of the world's leading providers of innovative IT solutions to retail banks and retailers. The company is headquartered in Paderborn, Germany, and is publicly traded on the Frankfurt Securities & Stock Exchange. The company has a global presence in more than 100 countries. For more information please visit

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