Wimbledon's first reverse vending machine serves up sustainability for tennis fans


Wimbledon successfully went even greener this summer with its first reverse vending machine for recycling plastic bottles.

Eco-conscious fans were able to use the cutting edge technology from reverse vending company TOMRA within the iconic event’s new ‘Sustainability Demonstration Space’ - and it proved an ace innovation for tennis enthusiasts.

The easy-to-use, compact reverse vending machine accepted plastic bottles, and to help recycling and reduce littering across the site, it also accepted bottles not bought within the grounds.

The RVM played a key role in tracking the number of bottles collected for closed loop recycling at the Championships, and data from the machine will be used by environmental charity Recoup to report on recycling at the tournament.

The sustainability space, named ‘Wimbledon 2030’ and located in the Southern Village, aimed to inspire fans with a vision of a more sustainable future for the tennis club.

Managing Director of TOMRA Collection Solutions UK & Ireland, Truls Haug said: “We were delighted to have the opportunity for our leading reverse vending technology to be used on such a high-profile stage, in line with Wimbledon’s ambition to increase recycling this year.

“It’s exciting to be part of encouraging sustainable habits for the future at the world’s oldest tennis tournament.

“The Championships are hugely committed to protecting the environment whenever possible, and we believe that the presence of our reverse vending machine represented a significant step towards further realising those sustainability ambitions.”

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