German firm brings in green machine

22 May, 2009
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German vending machine manufacturer Sielaff has come up with an environmentally friendly way to return and recycle PET bottles and cans.

Its new i-Core V50 is a 'reverse vending machine' for the automated return of empties, making it easy for customers to return and recycle them.

The unit accepts cans and PET bottles, both refillable and non-refillable. The returned empties are pushed into the machine via an acceptance chute, which is fitted with a slice gate function. These fall into a large polythene bag inside the machine. It has a capacity of up to 500 half-litre PET bottles and can accept returns at the rate of 30 per minute.

Bar-code recognition for up to 100 different lines and an integrated coin hopper are fitted as standard to the basic model. Optional extras include a two-hopper version, which separates cans and bottles, a cashless payment system and a choice of different colour finishes.

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