TOMRA Provides Advanced Technology Solutions for BottleDrop Redemption Center in Salem, OR. End-to-end technology solution includes RVMs, processing equipment and cash settlement tools
Shelton, CT – March 15, 2012 – TOMRA of North America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of TOMRA Systems ASA and leading global provider of advanced recycling solutions, today announced that it has completed installation of advanced recycling technology at the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative’s (OBRC) new 7,000-square-foot redemption center in Salem, Oregon. TOMRA is providing the innovative new facility – called the BottleDrop Redemption Center – with reverse vending machines (RVMs), pre-sorting equipment and an InstaDeem cash redemption kiosk.
The BottleDrop Redemption Center, operated and funded by OBRC in partnership with participating grocery retailers, is a new model for bottle redemption in Oregon. In a shift from the state’s original “return to retailer” structure, participating retailers within 1.5 miles of the center – at 4815 Commercial Street SE in Salem – will no longer be required to accept deposit containers from customers.
The new facility, which opens this week, is designed for optimal customer convenience. Six TOMRA T820 RVMs will accept up to 300 containers per customer per day, at a speed of up to one container per second. Each T820 machine can accept glass, plastic and aluminum through one receptacle. Customers with only aluminum cans to recycle can use TOMRA’s CanDo machines, which provide bulk collection of 12-16 ounce aluminum cans.
Customers can redeem their cash deposits at a TOMRA InstaDeem kiosk. The easy-to-use kiosk recognizes and verifies RVM receipts and disburses cash in bills and coins. For customers who prefer to drop off bags of recyclables using the center’s EZ Drop System, staff members will use TOMRA pre-sorting equipment, as well as two back-of-house T820s, to process the containers. A credit will then be issued to the customer’s BottleDrop account.
“This is the first installation of this type to utilize TOMRA technology for multiple facets – ‘front end’ customers, ‘back of house’ processing, and cash settlement. OBRC has delivered a unique and impressive full-service redemption center solution, and we are pleased to work with such a progressive and innovative partner,” said Ernie Argenio, Vice President, Business Development at TOMRA.
The fully-staffed center is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
TOMRA was founded on an innovation in 1972 that began with design, manufacturing and sale of reverse vending machines (RVMs) for automated collection of used beverage containers. Today TOMRA is active in more than 50 markets worldwide and had total revenue of approximately 3.5 billion NOK in 2010. TOMRA has over 1,800 employees and is publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The TOMRA Group continues to innovate and provide cutting-edge solutions for optimal resource productivity within two main business areas: Collection Solutions (reverse vending, material recovery and compaction industries) and Sorting Solutions (recycling, mining and food processing industries). TOMRA of North America, Inc. started operations in 1985 and is headquartered in Shelton, CT. For more information, visit www.tomranorthamerica.com or call 800-542-2569.
OBRC is a member-owned, cooperative corporation that acts on behalf of beverage distributors to administrate Oregon’s bottle bill, collecting and processing over 98% of all containers sold and redeemed throughout Oregon. With over 20 years of experience in bottle bill operations, OBRC picks up from nearly 3,000 grocery stores across Oregon then counts, sorts, crushes, bales and recycles millions of containers a day. The entire process is funded and managed by the beverage and the retail industries – at no cost to the taxpayer.
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