From September, travelers can hand in their plastic bottles with a deposit at reverse vending solutions at Rotterdam Central Station. NS purchases machines from RVM Systems for this purpose. There is a 15 eurocent deposit on each bottle.
The deposit machines are also suitable for the collection of deposit cans. From 31 December 2022 these also have a deposit. Users simply receive their deposit by Tikkie. All they have to do is scan the QR code with their mobile phone, after which it will be transferred to the bank account via the Tikkie app within seconds.
Anneke de Vries, Director of Stations: “Our ambition is for stations to be waste-free by 2040. We are therefore very proud that we can offer travelers this innovative approach to the collection of returnable bottles. This contributes to a waste-free station, offers convenience, and is a service to our tenants by offering it centrally at the stations.”
Next to Rotterdam, there will also be Reverse vending machines installed in Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague, and Eindhoven. In total 17 vending machines will be installed where deposit bottles can be collected. Another 17 stations are scheduled to be added in 2023. By collecting plastic bottles separately at the station, NS wants to contribute to the reduction of litter at the station and the legal obligation of producers and importers of packaging to reuse 90% of PET bottles in the Netherlands.
Coverphoto: Serhat Beyazkaya