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Vending machine company just got greener in recycling venture

North Staffordshire-based Options Management is collaborating with BRITA in a water filter recycling partnership. Options has long been at the forefront of

greening up the UK’s vending scene. Back in 1999 it stepped up its commitment to the industry, by installing recycling capabilities when the company made the move to new headquarters in Newcastle under Lyme. Options was one of the first companies in

the country to introduce reverse vending and developed smaller-scale recycling where users get rewards for recycling their returned empty vended cups and cans. The company processes its vended cans, bottles, plastic and paper cups into 100% recycled products. With the closed-loop recycling concept, all processing is done in the UK, minimising the carbon footprint for customers and products.

Now, two decades of sustainability on, Options Management has further extended its recycling capabilities, beyond cups, bottles and cans and into the depths of the coffee machine itself. It has become the first UK BRITA filter recycling hub and is now accepting professional BRITA water filters commonly used in vending machines. Until now, such filters have been destined

for landfill, but Options Management is keen to step in and put a stop to that, with the full backing of BRITA behind them. BRITA’s filters have been recyclable for many years, but local users have been resistant to return them, and have simply thrown them away. Options managing director, Paul Ure said:

“It’s great to be able to encourage customers of BRITA water filters to simply drop the used filters in to our offices in Newcastle-Under-Lyme. We’ll recycle them,

and as a thank you for using the scheme, we are donating 20p per recycled filter to local hospice the Dougie Mac. We’d urge all local users to do the right thing, let us reprocess the filters and reduce waste to landfill.” Interested parties can use the handy “open

all hours” drop off bin, located just outside the main gates to Options Management headquarters, at Silverdale Business Park in Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire.

New chair of NAMA Board

Joe Hessling, chief executive and founder of 365 Retail Markets, the global leader in self-checkout workplace technology, has been elected as the new chair of the board of directors for the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA). “Joe’s proven dedication to the convenience services industry

and its success makes him an essential partner as chair,” said NAMA president and chief executive Carla Balakgie. “His fearless and innovative mindset will be invaluable as we navigate the changing nature of our world. I can’t imagine a better time for the industry to benefit from his foresight and leadership.” Hessling takes leadership as NAMA accelerates its efforts to

help the industry transcend recovery from the pandemic and drive growth. “I couldn’t be more excited about leading this great

organisation for the next year,” said Mr Hessling. “I have seen many changes in my career within the industry and believe that we are now experiencing the most positive tailwinds that will solidify the convenience services industry for the long term.” Mr Hessling founded 365 Retail Markets in 2008, with the

mission of delivering dynamic workplace technology – transforming breakrooms and connecting employees at work. As a long-time supporter and partner to NAMA and The

NAMA Foundation, Mr Hessling was recognised as NAMA’s 2018 Industry Person of the Year and Ernst and Young’s 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year. Under his leadership, 365 Retail Markets was named among Crain’s Michigan Fast 50, one of the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies two years in a row. The company also earned both Automatic Merchandiser’s Reader’s Choice Product of the Year recognition and the NAMA Innovation Award.

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