bpost wants to move towards sustainable vanding machines
Interreg NSR Procirc pilot project
In this project all water fountains and vending machines warm drinks (coffee/tea facilities), vending machines cold drinks (soft drinks) and vending machines snacks need to be replaced. Bpost would like to install new machines that are energy-efficient and produce less waste. Bpost is also focussing on healthy products (local products) that are sold in the machines.The project contributes to a more circular economy by focussing on two main objectives:
Reduce energy consumption. Bpost believes this could be achieved by energy efficient cooling techniques, turn off machines at night/during weekends and holidays, smart meters, reduce the use of lamps and lighting.
Reduce waste, which will be gained on different levels:
Packaging: minimize single use plastics in machines and accessories (cups, plastic stir sticks).
Packaging in supply chain for transport & filling.
End of life of coffee grounds; options to collect separately, organize reversed logistics and further valorize this waste stream.
Refurbishing and upgrading machines.
Besides positive environmental impact on waste and energy, the projects aims to realise the following objectives:
Use the vending machines as a communication tool e.g. develop health programs (in combination with prevention services).
Increase employee satisfaction by offering a wide range of products and services.