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Introducing market-changing Reverse Vending Machines

5 great reasons to lease Bottld RVMs

1. Because the Bottld RVM fits anywhere a normal vending machine can fit – in entrances, exits, or alongside retail;

2. Because there’s no need for customers to figure out whether the plastic bottle they’re ‘posting’ is suitable or not. The machine does it for them;

3. Because the Bottld RVM does more than collect plastic. It starts the recycling process, eliminating multiple carbon intensive steps that other RVMs simply can’t match;

4. Because its’ small footprint means the Bottld RVM makes plastic bottle recycling ‘on the go’ more convenient and that makes it more appealing.

5. Because the Bottld RVM builds customer confidence that plastic bottles really will be recycled. Which enhances customer ‘feel good’ and builds brand trust (assuming anyone values that 😉!)

hand seen posting a plastic bottle in a Bottld RVM (Reverse Vending Machine)

What’s DRS?

  • Deposit Return Schemes (DRS) are becoming widespread throughout Europe.
  • Producers add a ‘deposit’ charge to a bottle, which is then refunded once it’s returned for recycling.
  • The UK has postponed rollout till 2027, but it is already successful in the Republic of Ireland and it WILL happen.
  • ALL vendors of soft drinks will need to be ready to manage returns.

Here at Bottld we are determined to make plastics recycling and UK Deposit Return Schemes (DRS)  easy and routine. Our end to end process will dramatically reduce the volume of plastic going to landfill and increase the volume of plastic recycling on the go, not just kerbside. We’re starting with bottles.

Why is this useful?


70% of soft drinks are packaged in plastic. Many of these are consumed and disposed of ‘on the go’ so the bottles never reach a recycling point.


RVMs improve the environment by reusing existing vessels and minimising the need for raw materials during the manufacturing process.


Less energy is needed to produce a plastic bottle from recycled material, meaning a lower environmental impact on a material and carbon level.


RVMs are good space-savers, holding a lot of material but standing at the same size as your typical snack vending machine.

What’s an RVM?

  • Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) are vending machines that allow you to input recycling products – usually liquid containers – in exchange for a reward or benefit.
  • RVMs increase the likelihood of recycling, because they allow individuals to drop off waste closer to the point of use.
  • RVMs can be linked to consumer loyalty schemes, charity donations or other rewards and incentives. 

Why not wait for DRS legislation?

  • Any business or venue retailing drinks in plastic bottles has an opportunity NOW to improve customer service and brand loyalty – by installing small footprint Bottld RVMs alongside traditional vending machines;
  • Retail ‘first movers’ have an opportunity to ‘discount’ and incentivise consumers  (e.g store card credits) to build brand reputation & environmental credentials;
  • By 2027, soft drink retailers will be legally obligated to make bottle returns possible for customers under DRS (Deposit Return Schemes). It makes sense to plan ahead;
  • Organisations can achieve carbon reduction/ESG/B corp objectives more easily with improved availability of better plastic recycling. 


Our Method Efficiency


Normal Recycling Process


Did you know?

Over 2 million tonnes of plastic have been introduced to the market in the UK in 2020, of which 643 000 were plastic bottles.

Plastic recycling requires well-sorted and contamination-free (clean!) plastic waste.

…as little as 9% (National Geographic) – OR as much as 44% (DEFRA) – of plastic IS recycled. Most of this is from industrial waste, not consumer waste.


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Our Mission

Here at Bottld we guarantee that every plastic bottle collected will be recycled, helping and leading to a better environmental future. For everyone.


The prototype will be launched in Autumn 2024. We are expecting to run the first RVM pilots by Q1 of 2025

The prototype will launch at Recycling Expo 2024 at the Excel venue in London on October 15/16.

We plan to install the first commercially available RVMs in regional leisure centres in the West Midlands. Eventually, our mission is to see Bottld installed in supermarkets, university campuses, schools, sport centres, shopping centres, transport hubs and in workplaces.

Via the bottld app and/or branded store rewards. We can explore bespoke reward systems for your business or organisation.

Milk bottles, water bottles, Juice bottles, any other liquid bottles, any other PET material that fits within the bottle aperture. The machine identifies plastic type and rejects any which are not recyclable.

Anything up to 2L bottles

Voucher credits on the app or branded store rewards. Prior to implementation of the UK Government DRS scheme in 2027, rewards can vary according to the organisation hosting. 

You don’t need to. The machine does it for you. 

You will need to recycle the bottle via your usual kerbside collection within your area.

No. Our bespoke recycling process will take care of it.

Yes, the RVM can be wrapped to your requirements.

We will. Maintenance is included in the monthly lease.

Within certain constraints. Bottld needs to be under cover, protected from the elements and have access to a power source and wifi.

An electrical 240V plug and access to Wi-Fi connection

No need to purchase. The machines are provided on a highly affordable monthly lease basis. Contact us to discuss terms. Short term trial leasing is available.

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Trial a Pilot Scheme
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Because your staff & customers will love it.

If you’re interested in trialling a pilot scheme for Bottld RVM (perfect for smaller venues), or you’d like to receive VIP invites to pre-launch events where we’ll be revealing the prototype of the  innovative Bottld RVM, express early interest by adding your details below. 

Because, why wouldn’t you?