IET - Clean Loop Recycling TOMRA – The Container Return Scheme (CRS), Reverse Vending Machines and the Circular Economy

11th May 2022 5:30 pm

A Container Return Scheme (CRS) of beverage containers can be a way to increase recycling rates, reduce litter, and reduce emissions by decreasing the need for virgin packaging production. With the New Zealand government announcing CRS the IET Auckland has reached out to Jon Marshall from TOMRA to discuss how deposit schemes work, their benefits and the technology that underpins their success.


TOMRA was founded on an innovation in 1972 that began with the design, manufacturing and sale of reverse vending machines (RVMs) for automated collection of used beverage containers. Today TOMRA provides technology-led solutions that enable the circular economy with advanced collection and sorting systems that optimize resource recovery and minimize waste in the food, recycling and, mining industries and is committed to building a more sustainable future.

TOMRA has ~100,000 installations in over 80 markets worldwide and had total revenues of ~10.9 billion NOK in 2021. The Group employs ~4,600 globally and is publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE: TOM). For further information about TOMRA, please see

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