Sparsholt College Hampshire, based in Winchester, has become the first organisation in the UK to take delivery of a reverse vending machine which rewards students who recycle with cash vouchers.
For each plastic bottle and can recycled, the machine issues a voucher to the value of five pence which can then be redeemed at any college restaurant, bar or shop.
Sparsholt College vice principal Steve Davies said: Were thrilled to be the first in the UK to advocate reverse vending recycling. Its a great initiative which has already proved popular with students and demonstrates our commitment to environmental responsibility.
The college has introduced other recycling initiatives which include recycling bins placed in halls of residence for cans, plastics, glass, paper and cardboard and a central waste collection area where additional segregation of wood, metals and other materials is undertaken.
Tesco is set to introduce reverse vending machines at nine stores in Scotland in January. The machines will reward customers with Clubcard points for recycling bottles and cans.