Nova and TOMRA deposit return recycling scheme

Get in the loop! Global reverse vending leader TOMRA and Nova School of Business & Economics are partnering to launch a “container deposit scheme” for greater on-campus recycling and sustainability.


How does it work?
Simply pay a €0.15 deposit when you purchase an eligible drink container (cans and glass/plastic bottles) at participating campus stores and restaurants, and get your deposit refunded back by returning your empty container to the “reverse vending machines” located in the food court.

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How do I get back my refund?
You can get your deposit refund paid out in two ways:
Receive it electronically via PayPal 
Donate it to a community organization in Cascais.

To set up to receive your deposit via PayPal, download the myTOMRA app, click “Register” to fill in your details, and connect myTOMRA to your PayPal account (or, create a new PayPal account).

How do I use the reverse vending machine?
At the reverse vending machine, simply follow these steps:

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Take your empty containers to the food court, and get in the loop! 

The container deposit scheme aims to motivate all students and staff at Nova SBE to return their bottles and cans for recycling! This helps to:
Reduce litter and landfill, better reuse more materials, and reduce reliance on raw materials to produce new drink containers 
Image of using reverse vending machine Raise awareness of container deposit schemes and reverse vending both on campus and across Portugal 
Contribute to Nova sustainability initiatives as an environmentally-conscious campus.

What are container deposit schemes?
Container deposit schemes add a small deposit to the price of a drink, which is refunded to you when you return your empty drink container for recycling. Think of it as buying the drink, and borrowing the container! By incentivizing recycling of containers that might otherwise be littered or thrown in landfill, these programs achieve up to 40% higher collection rates than other methods. Container deposit schemes run in 40 regions around the globe. Find out more about container deposit schemes.

How does a reverse vending machine work?
To make returning containers more convenient, container deposit schemes often use “reverse vending machines” – an automated way to collect/sort containers and give recyclers back their deposits. This is what makes it a “reverse” vending machine: instead of putting in money and getting a bottle out, you put a bottle in and get out a monetary value. Find out more about reverse vending machines.

What is Clean Loop Recycling?
Reverse vending also avoids bottles and cans being contaminated by other kinds of waste. That way, valuable materials like aluminum, plastic, and glass stay clean enough to be recycled into new containers again and again – in a closed loop called Clean Loop Recycling. This means fewer resources leave the loop as waste, and fewer raw materials need to be mined or extracted to enter the loop. Get in the loop by recycling your containers in a closed loop! Find out more about Clean Loop Recycling.


Who is TOMRA?
Founded in 1972, TOMRA’s reverse vending machines capture 40 billion used drink containers every year toward recycling in a closed loop. This ensures fewer containers end up in our streets, oceans and landfills. TOMRA has more than 82,000 installations across more than 60 markets, making recycling easy for the industry, system owners, retailers and consumers to contribute to a more sustainable planet. Visit, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.