Hackney Council installs England's first estate reverse vending machine

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
The machine has been installed on an estate in Hoxton, Hackney

Hackney Council has become the first English local authority to install a reverse vending machine on an estate.

The new machine, which has been installed on an estate in Hoxton, encourages estate residents to recycle cans and plastic bottles in exchange for vouchers.

Residents who use the machine will be able to claim money off at two nearby shops, supporting local businesses.

The machine, which was supplied by Unisan, is part of a trial in partnership with the estate’s tenants and residents’ association, helping the council assess the potential for reverse vending as a way to increase recycling on estates.

Councillor Jon Burke, Hackney Council cabinet member for energy, waste, transport, and public realm, said: “While a small number of reverse vending trials have been undertaken by large supermarkets within their premises, we believe that estates and large apartment complexes have significant potential as reverse vending locations in an environment where people are increasingly conducting smaller food shopping trips and visiting supermarkets less frequently.”

The pilot also seeks to establish how any future government proposals to introduce similar schemes might work in the borough.

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