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MOL to Plow HUF 50 bln Into Reverse Vending Machine Rollout

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Mohu, the waste management unit of Hungarian oil and gas company MOL, will invest around HUF 50 billion to install reverse vending machines for bottles and cans around the country ahead of the introduction of uniform deposit fees from January 1, the company's head of producer responsibility systems said on Tuesday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Szilvia Szabó said MOL would recoup that investment from the extended producer responsibility (EPR) fee within five years.

Already, 1,000 of the reverse vending machines have been installed at supermarkets larger than 400 sqm, but the number of locations is expected to rise to 4,000-5,000. Around the same number of manual return sites will be set up starting in the spring.

Although the law requires reverse vending machines for supermarkets larger than 400 sqm, Mohu recommends them for stores bigger than 200 sqm, Szabó said.

Mohu is getting the reverse vending machines from Tomra and Envipco which have set up local units to service the machines. It is also partnering with Hungary's Returmatic. 

MOL's waste management unit took over a 35-year concession to manage Hungary's municipal waste collection in the summer.

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