The scheme is part of the Scottish Governments Zero Waste Scotland program. The university was awarded £90,000 by Zero Waste Scotland to install six machines throughout the university campus.
The machines are programmed to recognise the composition of the products which are flattened and sorted into a designated bin which saves up to 15 times the volume compared to a non-compacting unit. Every user will receive a voucher for 5p for each item recycled which can be redeemed in Encore’s catering outlets on campus.
Frank McCabe, Encore’s Catering Manager at Glasgow Caledonian University, said: “We cater for 17,000 students and 1500 staff at Caledonian, who on a daily basis use 2000 paper cups, 1500 plastic bottles and 500 aluminium cans".
“Our research suggests that 80% of our population will take advantage of our reward, which is substantial. For every bottle, can and cup which is put through the machine you receive a voucher for 5p, which can be redeemed in any of our outlets on campus. By promoting these benefits we hope customers will become increasingly committed to recycling.”
‘Recycle and Reward’ trials are starting across Scotland where you can get incentives like money back, or discount vouchers for returning empty bottles and cans, safe in the knowledge that all items collected will be sent for recycling.
Last year the Scottish Government made a commitment to pilot incentivised recycling systems for single use plastic, glass and aluminium containers in Scotland. So now you receive a reward for recycling bottles and cans at the locations below.
Each location collects different items and offers a different reward, so pop along and see what your local Recycle and Reward machine has to offer.
The SGP will be keeping an eye out for more locations getting added in Glasgow.
- Glasgow Central Station
- Glasgow Ikea
- Glasgow Caledonian University