U.K. corporation Revend Recycling Limited has launched a “reverse vending” recycling machine for the collection and recycling of domestic light bulbs and batteries. Ikea will be placing the units in some of its European stores.
The machine, called the Revend, has the option of giving out -or “reverse vending” – discount vouchers or other rewards to customers depositing bulbs. It was jointly designed and developed by Revend Recycling and Repant ASA, a corporation listed on the Norwegian Stock Exchange.
The light bulb recycling machine has an optional add-on unit for the collection and recycling of domestic batteries.
Revend says the machine was developed in response to increased consumer demand for light bulb recycling, the international change over to compact fluorescent and LED domestic light bulbs and the growth of government policies encouraging battery recycling worldwide.
Following a trial at its Lakeside Shopping Center store near London, Ikea has agreed to roll the machines out to stores in the U.K., Germany and Denmark.
According to a report out in April, only a third of businesses and just two percent of individuals recycle their compact fluorescent bulbs.
The report, by the Association of Lighting and Mercury Recyclers, says that this is contributing to the release of roughly four tons of mercury a year.