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bpost wants to move towards sustainable vending machines

Image of used coffee grounds

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Country: 
Belgium

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Vlaanderen Circulair
Ongoing: 
Yes
Description: 

bpost's project aims to replace all water fountains and vending machines for hot and cold drinks and snacks. The company would like to install new machines that are energy-efficient and produce less waste. It also wants the vending machines to sell healthy, local products.

The project contributes to a more circular economy by focusing on two main objectives:

1. Reduce energy consumption. bpost believes this could be achieved by using energy-efficient cooling techniques, turning off machines at night/during weekends and holidays, installing smart meters and reducing the use of lighting.

2. Reduce waste in several different areas:

  • Plastics: minimise single use plastics (such as cups and stir sticks).
  • Packaging: reduce the amount of packaging used throughout the supply chain for transport and filling.
  • End of life of coffee grounds: the grounds should be collected separately so that this waste stream can be recovered and re-used.
  • Older machines: should be refurbished and upgraded.
Main results: 

In addition to having a positive environmental impact in terms of waste and energy, the projects aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Use the vending machines as a communication tool, for instance developing health programmes (in conjunction with healthcare services) 
  • Increase employee satisfaction by offering a wide range of products and services
  • Optimise costs.