Last year Royal Wolf was proud to work with the world's leading provider of reverse vending solutions, TOMRA, in an important project to help improve the environment by encouraging the recycling of plastic bottles across New South Wales. TOMRA was contracted in August 2017 to deliver reverse vending machines for the rollout of the NSW Government’s ‘Return and Earn’ container deposit scheme, which aims to reduce the volume of litter across NSW by 40 per cent by 2020. TOMRA’s machines allow beverage containers to be recycled through a clean loop system.
With no more than four months to set up hundreds of sites across the state, TOMRA reached out to Royal Wolf to help them meet this ambitious challenge. Royal Wolf completed the design work and specially modified 360 20ft containers to be able to house TOMRA’s equipment and collect the deposits, in time for December. This included installing electrical fittings, ceiling insulation and bolting an awning over the front so locals could comfortably use the machines in rail, hail or shine. Ryan Buzzell, President of TOMRA Collection Solutions Australia, said that as Australia’s largest supplier of shipping containers, they knew Royal Wolf would be the strongest partner to get this project off the ground in such a short time period.
“Royal Wolf put significant resources toward ensuring the high quality of the containers, and also offered us a wide range of customisation options which is what we needed for our products,” said Mr Buzzell. “The best thing about working with Royal Wolf was their attentiveness to us as a priority customer. They were fully committed to our needs throughout the process,” he said. The NSW Government’s ‘Return and Earn’ program allows people to return eligible plastic containers at reverse vending machines around the state for a 10-cent refund. There are now more than 400 collection points across NSW, with more being rolled out up to August 2018. For collection site locations and more information, visit: www.returnandearn.org.au