Launched on Earth Day, the device from Coop Norway hopes to incentivize more people to recycle their batteries

Recycling batteries can be a chore, especially when you need to go out of your way to drop them off. Coop Norway and Swedish firm Refind are looking to make the act a little more appealing by creating a reverse vending machine that pays you when you recycle batteries.

Launched on Earth Day, April 22nd, this special vending machine lets people drop off old, dead batteries from AA to Ds to discounts or even cash. The machine scans and counts the batteries before printing out a coupon to buy more batteries. “Norwegians are good at recycling, but can be better,” said Geir Inge Stokke, concern manager of Coop Norway in a statement. “Awareness is good as a motivational factor, but further incentives as a financial reward can be even more important.” These machines are currently being tested in Obs! supermarkets around Oslo.

See how this reverse vending machine works in the video below:


Coop Norway | Refind

Recycling batteries can be a chore, especially when you need to go out of your way to drop them off. Coop Norway and Swedish firm Refind are looking to make the act a little more appealing by creating a reverse vending machine that pays you when you recycle batteries.

Launched on Earth Day, April 22nd, this special vending machine lets people drop off old, dead batteries from AA to Ds to discounts or even cash. The machine scans and counts the batteries before printing out a coupon to buy more batteries. “Norwegians are good at recycling, but can be better,” said Geir Inge Stokke, concern manager of Coop Norway in a statement. “Awareness is good as a motivational factor, but further incentives as a financial reward can be even more important.” These machines are currently being tested in Obs! supermarkets around Oslo.