Background

The Council of the City of Sydney is committed to being a leading environmental performer through innovative waste management solutions and is looking to increase public place recycling using advanced collection technology that engages and encourages the community to participate in resource recovery practices.

Objectives

The City of Sydney requires a suitably qualified contractor that will provide innovative public place recycling opportunities for the community that achieves maximum resource recovery of beverage containers, minimises contamination and ensures zero waste to landfill.

Strategy

Envirobank Reverse Vending Machines (RVM), make sure that the simple act of depositing a can or bottle will make a big difference. Unlike a traditional vending machine where the customer inserts payment for an item that is then dispensed, an Envirobank RVM allows people to insert their empty cans or drink bottles and redeem rewards. 100% of the crushed containers are then recycled. This has many environmental benefits including recycling, the reduction of litter and it serves to educate our community at the same time. Envirobank produces a report providing information on the number and types of containers recycled on the day. This data is then used to inform the public of the achievements on the day through Council’s website and community newsletter.

Solution

City of Sydney Council installed 4 x RVMs in Haymarket, Circular Quay, Wynyard and Redfern. These have been well received by the community.