Reverse vending machine collection
This collection scheme applies to retailers with reverse vending machines that compress the bottles and cans. Most retailers have this arrangement.
Reverse vending machines have many advantages. They automatically register the number of returned empties. This way, the retailer receives the deposit refund much faster from Infinitum, and it makes it easier to ensure a correct settlement. The retailer also receives a larger handling fee, because consequentially, the retailers help in reducing the shipping volume.
This collection scheme applies to retailers with reverse vending machines that do not compress the cans and bottles, and for retailers without reverse vending machines.
With manual collection, the retailers must sort the empties labeled with the Infinitum deposit symbol. They must sort the bottles and cans in separate bags, and they must book the retrieval of the bags from one of Infinitum’s transporters.
The Red Cross
Infinitum cooperates with the Norwegian Red Cross. The Red Cross rescue corps collects empty bottles in places where there are no other collection points, such as cabin areas in the mountains and by the sea. This arrangement provides additional revenue for the Red Cross, and it ensures that more empties are collected that could otherwise end up in the trash.
Other collection schemes
In addition to the main collection schemes, Infinitum has a number of special arrangements.
These schemes apply to initiatives that collect large quantities of cans and bottles during major events, for example music festivals, schools, humanitarian organizations, etc.
Infinitum has collection containers that sports clubs can receive free of charge when they register. They return the collected cans and bottles themselves at a retailer, and the deposit money goes to the sports club.
Schools, school bands and others can also collect empty bottles. They have to register as manual collection points.