A reverse vending machine does exactly what it says, instead on inserting money and getting a plastic bottle filled with drink, you insert an empty plastic bottle and earn money for one of our chosen charities - you decide which one.

Reverse Vending Machine

This exciting addition to this week's Goose Fair in Tavistock is being brought to Devon for the very first time by West Devon Borough Council in partnership with our waste contractors FCC Environment.  Tavistock Town Council have kindly offered the space at this year's event.

Together the partnership are committed to increasing recycling of plastics in the Borough and are also using this opportunity to promote the new and enhanced recycling service which will start in West Devon on 2 December.

Cllr Caroline Mott, West Devon Borough Council's Lead Member for the Environment said: "This is a really interesting new machine, and I am so delighted that FCC managed to bring it here for Goose Fair. 

"While it is a bit of fun and generates some money for charity, it also carries a serious message.  We remain committed to increasing recycling and doing what we can to reduce the effects of climate change. As we said during Recycling Week this year - the power is in our hands and every bottle really does counts."

During Goose Fair the reverse vending machine will be located in Market Road opposite the Butchers Hall.  Once an empty bottle is put into the machine, the touch screen asks which charity you want to donate to.

The charities chosen are the Mayoral Charities for this year for West Devon Borough Council and Tavistock Town Council. 

Cllr Tony Leech, Mayor of West Devon, said: "My charities to benefit from the money raised from this innovative recycling scheme are Community Transport Groups within West Devon. 

"With the demise of town buses and the closure of local hospitals, the Community Transport Groups around West Devon have become even more important to people who are unable to use their own transport or can't afford taxis.  The groups provide vital transport links for residents needing to attend hospital and doctors' appointments, as well as other necessary journeys."

Councillor Anne Johnson, Mayor of Tavistock, said: 'This initiative shows that by working together, we can find all sorts of ways to improve community resilience and promote a more sustainable approach to our environment."  

Cllr Johnson continues: "My chosen charity to receive donations from the reverse vending machine is the New Tavistock Youth Café.  It was originally established in 2005, and offers a safe, friendly and fun environment for young people of secondary school age. The café offers support and advice on personal issues, mental health, cyber bullying, exam stress, drug abuse etc."

FCC Regional Director Steve Longdon said: "The Governments of England and Scotland have committed to bringing reverse vending machines to all of our high streets by 2023 to help us all recycle more of the packaging that we use 'on the go,' so we are delighted to be bringing the unit to the Goose Fair and to hear what people have to say about how it works in practice."

For more information on the reverse vending machine, visit: https://www.mytomra.com/

Issued: 8 October 2019