We all know that batteries and CFL light bulbs don’t belong in the trash, but recyling locations are not always convenient. What if your local retail stores just had a vending machine where you could drop these items? Well, that convenient option could be coming to us soon.
A company called reVend Recycling Ltd. has begun installing recycling vending machines for light bulbs and batteries in the U.K. that not only sort the items, but offer immediate rewards.
The first pilot machine was installed at an IKEA in London with great success. At that location, recyclers were offered store credit to IKEA based on the amount they were recycling or the choice to donate to one of four charities — the World Wildlife Fund, Woodland Trust, UNICEF and Save the Children.
The machines accept incandescents, CFLs and LEDs as well as any domestic batteries. The machines are able to track the bulbs and batteries by type, manufacturer and volume so that each can end up in the appropriate recycling facilities.
The company has signed an agreement with IKEA to install their machines throughout the U.K., Germany and Denmark. They plan to expand their reach to more parts of Europe as well as into the U.S. very soon.