How to make vending machines sustainable is a matter that interests many users.
In fact, in Italy alone, there are more than 826,000 vending machines installed in public or private places (Confida 2019 data), followed by France (611,000 vending machines) and Germany (593,000).
Also in our country in 2019 these machines produced almost 4.9 billion disbursements (between 2020 and 2021 the data are decreasing, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic).
In times of particular attention to environmental issues, the vending machine sector must deal with ecology and aim to become more sustainable, also driven by the increasingly widespread environmental awareness of the people.
In order to make vending machines sustainable, it is necessary to operate on two levels:
- type of products offered and their packaging;
- consumption (energy and water).
More and more vending machines offer 0 km, organic products, etc., using compostable or recyclable packaging, cups and stirrers.
Innovation helps to reduce and keep electricity consumption under control, in particular regarding the refrigeration of products. There are various solutions that the vending machine market offers in this sense, and the newest ones can significantly reduce energy costs. Then, the use of less harmful refrigerants for the environment is a further step towards sustainability.
Reducing water consumption is more difficult, particularly in the case of vending machines for drinks. That’s why sustainability also involves an accurate control of flows and a timely detection of any losses.
This makes it possible not to waste a precious and increasingly limited resource such as water, and also to prevent an increase in water costs for the context in which the vending machine is installed.