24th Mar 2023

As we predicted, reverse vending is the way forward…

Reverse vending and the introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme is an initiative that we are proud to have championed in Scotland and we were delighted when Nicola Sturgeon announced in early September 2017 that the Scottish government intends to introduce such a scheme in the next 12 months.

Prior to this announcement, Excel Vending had already installed a state-of-the-art reverse vending machine with 360 Degree scanning technology in our East Kilbride showroom.  These types of machines will play a pivotal role in enabling the introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme and we are proud to be amongst those leading the fight against the growing problem of waste damaging our environment by investing in this technology.

The reverse vending machine is already attracting a great deal of attention and we were delighted to welcome the BBC to the showroom at the end of August 2017 as part of their coverage about the need to introduce a nationwide Deposit Return Scheme.  Their report was aired on Reporting Scotland which also resulted in a great deal of Press coverage last week.  You can read the BBC’s article here.

What is a Deposit Return Scheme?


A Deposit Return Scheme is designed to encourage and incentivise consumers to deposit waste bottles and cans.  Similar schemes in other European countries have seen return rates of over 90% of plastic bottles and cans. The Deposit Return Scheme would mean that if you returned a plastic bottle or can to a Reverse Vending Machine, you would be issued a voucher for say 10 or 20p, which could be used against future purchases.

Alternatively instead of taking the Voucher you could choose to donate it to a chosen Charity, so you could help the environment and some local charities at the same time.

We have created the video below to explain how our reverse vending machine works and how it is important to the future success of any Deposit Return Scheme.

If you’d like to come and see our machine in operation and find out more about reverse vending, please give us a call on 0845 60 40 111, or email us at info@excel-vending.co.uk

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