September 30, 2009
Reverse vending machines help recycle
Tomra of North America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tomra Systems ASA (TOMRA) and leading global provider of advanced recycling solutions, in partnership with the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) and VOSS Water, will provide New York City’s Madison Square Park Conservancy with three recycling machines for use in the organization’s Madison Sq. Music: Studio Series daytime concert events on September 19th and 26th in Madison Square Park. The collection event is being held in conjunction with GPI’s Recycle Glass Week, September 21st through 27th.
TOMRA’s T63 reverse vending machines – which collect, sort and compact used beverage containers – will allow park visitors to dispose of their glass, aluminum, and plastic beverage containers in the park these dates from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. As part of the recycling program, GPI, TOMRA, and VOSS Water, will offer recyclers prizes—including iPod Shuffles, t-shirts, and more—at random, in appreciation of their donations. All deposit refund monies collected from containers recycled on the two days will be donated to the Madison Square Park Conservancy.
“The Conservancy was looking for an efficient way to prevent litter in the park and also raise funds for the organization. TOMRA’s ‘reverse vending’ recycling machines provide picnickers and concert-goers with a clean, convenient receptacle for beverage container waste, while also offering an opportunity to donate the value of their for-deposit bottles or cans to a great cause,” said Maggi Landau, Director of Events, Music Programs and Business Operations for Madison Square Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping Madison Square park “bright, beautiful and lively.”
“Bringing reverse vending machines into Madison Square Park recognizes that park visitors are looking for a clean, convenient way to dispose of their empty bottles and cans. We are thrilled to be paving the way for other parks and event venues to explore reverse vending machines as an innovative and efficient recycling solution, that not only help keep public places clean, but also reduce waste haulage costs later,” said Landau.
The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) is the trade association representing the North American glass container industry. Through GPI, glass container manufacturers speak with one voice to advocate industry standards, promote sound environmental policies and educate packaging professionals. www.gpi.org
About Tomra of North America
Founded in 1972 and headquartered in Asker, Norway, TOMRA is a global leader in helping the world to recycle and reuse its valuable natural resources. With operations in nearly 50 countries, TOMRA provides end-to-end recycling solutions including automated recycling machines for empty beverage containers; pickup, transportation and processing services; and waste sorting and compaction equipment sales. TOMRA started operations in North America in 1985 and today represents nearly 40 per cent of total global revenue. Tomra of North America is headquartered in Shelton, CT. For more information, visit www.tomra.com or call 203-447-8779.
VOSS® Artesian Water from Norway was launched by Voss of Norway ASA in 2001 with the vision of introducing a unique, premium product for the discerning consumer. Recognized for its iconic bottle design, unmatched purity and premium positioning, VOSS is now sold in over 48 markets worldwide and is the fastest growing premium on-premise bottled water brand in the U.S. VOSS is committed to the environment and in addition to strongly encouraging the recycling of its 100 per cent recyclable bottles, VOSS is a Carbon Neutral product.