Europe Recycling Vending Machine Market

Europe Recycling Vending Machine Market Analysis, By Product Type (Non-refillable, Refillable, Multifunctional), By End-Use (Supermarket, Communities, Utilities), By By Capacity (Less Than 200 Cans, 200-600 Cans, More Than 600 Can), and Country - Market Insights 2023 to 2033

Analysis of Europe Recycling Vending Machine Market Covering 30+ Countries Including Analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more

Europe Recycling Vending Machine Market Outlook 2023-2033

The Europe recycling vending machine market size is set to reach US$ 360.4 million in 2023 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 2.5% to reach US$ 460.1 million by the end of 2033.

A recycling vending machine is one type of automated machine that uses technology to identify, sort, and collect used beverage containers. A tremendous demand exists for various recycling options, including recycling vending machines, as the amount of untreated waste is increasing at an alarming rate.

The device accepts used drink cans and gives money to lenders. The recycling procedure is advantageous for this equipment. Among the many materials that can be entered into such devices are plastic bottles and metal cans.

Report Attributes


Recycling Vending Machine Market Size (2022A)

US$ 341.9 Million

Estimated Market Value (2023E)

US$ 360.4 Million

Forecasted Market Value (2033F)

US$ 460.1 Million

Europe Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)

2.5% CAGR

Germany Market Share (2023)


UK Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)


France Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)

~3.1% CAGR

Market Share of Top 5 Companies

~37.9% CAGR

Key Companies Profiled

  • Unison UK
  • Air Link Systems Ltd.
  • Ake Environmental Technologies
  • RVM Systems
  • Sielaff GmbH & CO KG

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Historic Impact (2018-2022) Vs Future Trends (2023-2033)

The recycled vending machine market is expected to witness significant growth owing to increased consumer spending for landfill reduction, increased recycling applications, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The recycling vending machine market is expected to grow significantly over the next few years amid growing interest in environmental protection. Moreover, rising demand for recycling projects is expected to boost market growth during the forecast period.

  • Short Term Viewpoint (2023 to 2026): Rising awareness among people regarding the importance of recycling is likely to impact the market growth during the short term.
  • Medium Term Aspect (2026-2029): Government and NGOs’ efficient waste management practices are likely to fuel the growth of the recycling vending machine market.
  • Long-Term Panorama (2029-2033): Technology to play a major role in long-term market growth, customization is an add-on in it.

Over the historical period of 2018-22, the Europe recycling vending machine market registered a CAGR of 1.6%, and according to the Fact.MR, a market research and competitive intelligence provider, the market is projected to exhibit growth at 2.5% CAGR between 2023 and 2033.

Europe recycling vending machine market forecast by Fact.MR

Market share analysis of recycling vending machine based on capacity and country is provided in a nutshell in the above image. Under the capacity segment, 200-600 cans are dominating with a 44.0% market share in 2023.

“Increasing environmental waste to drive the market growth”f

Customers can utilize recycling vending machines to return their unwanted food and drink containers for rewards like cash or refunds. A convenient alternative for recycling bottle containers is to use a recycling vending machine. Due to environmental legislation, the management of garbage has become a serious issue because of the enormous amounts of waste that are produced annually as a result of population expansion. This in turn will accelerate the market expansion for recycling vending machines.

“Technological advancements in vending machines”

The user experience is anticipated to be improved by technical developments in recycling vending machines such as video recognition systems, touch panels, and smart card coupons. The aforementioned factors are anticipated to bolster the market’s growth. New installations and service of machines are what drive the overall recycling vending machine market's revenue growth.

“High cost of recycling vending machines”

The high cost of recycling vending machines and fluctuating raw material prices are anticipated to be barriers to the growth of the Europe recycling vending machine market.

Although machine recycling is effective, it comes at a significant initial cost, usually exceeding US$ 6,000 per machine. Due to these expenses, sole proprietorships frequently lack the funding to acquire and maintain machinery.

In order to promote the widespread availability of vending machines, governments and non-profit organizations have joined up with businesses like TOMRA to develop policies and joint venture programs. Costs are anticipated to decrease as more public and private businesses enter the RVM industry, making it a more appealing substitute for conventional recycling techniques.

Country-wise Insights

Is Germany having the biggest market for recycling vending machines?

New technological developments are increasingly being implemented in Europe. In October 2021, Denmark and Germany collaborated with TOMRA to unveil TOMRA R1, a multi-feed RVM. This allows the recycler to dump over 100 of his used beverage containers into his RVM at once.

In addition to the local counting centers, more than 40,000 recycling vending machines have been installed nationwide to record materials covered by the German deposit system (PET plastic bottles, aluminium cans, steel cans, and glass bottles).

What are the factors driving the growth of recycling vending machines in the UK?

The market in the UK is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 1.3% from 2023-2033 and to be valued at US$ 73.6 million in 2033.

The UK will control a significant portion of the recycling vending machine market by 2023. As a result of innovation and resource recycling efforts, there is a growing demand for recycling vending machines. Further, due to growing environmental protection awareness, recycling vending machine sales are expected to increase significantly over the coming years.

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Category-wise Insights

Non-Refillable product type leading at a higher pace

The most popular category, which accounts for the majority of the market share, is non-refillable machine types. The market is growing as a result of reasons such as expanding interest in living healthier lives, rising environmental concerns from non-decomposable waste bottles, and rising demand for convenience items. The aforementioned factors are estimated to augment the market’s growth.

Supermarkets are the most preferred category among end users

With the rising awareness among individuals over the decades regarding recycling and environmental health, there is a large increase in demand for recycling vending machines in Europe. Supermarkets are the primary end users of recycling vending machines. In nations where recycling regulations or legislation is necessary, recycling vending machines are becoming more and more common in public spaces such as supermarkets to collect waste effectively.

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Manufacturers Approach and Prospectus

Key players in the recycling vending machine market include Unison UK, Tomra Sorting GmbH, Air Link Systems Ltd., Ake Environmental Technologies, RVM Systems, and Sielaff GmbH & CO KG. For instance, TOMRA, the international market leader for recycling vending machines, has shown a significant boost to Germany's circular economy.

The Recycling vending machine market remains highly competitive with several players competing for market share. To capitalize on the growing demand for eco-friendly recycling vending machine and other products, manufacturers are expanding their manufacturing facilities, while acquiring local counterparts to gain a competitive edge.

Fact.MR has provided detailed information about the price points of key manufacturers of recycling vending machine positioned across the country, sales growth, production capacity, and speculative technological expansion, in the recently published report.

Segmentation of the Recycling Vending Machine market

  • By Product Type :

    • Non-refillable
    • Refillable
    • Multifunctional
  • By Capacity :

    • Less Than 200 Cans
    • 200-600 Cans
    • More Than 600 Can
  • By End-user :

    • Supermarkets
    • Communities
    • Utilities
  • By Country :

    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • NORDIC
    • Portugal
    • Rest of Europe

- FAQs -

How did the market perform over the last few years?

During 2018-2022, sales of recycling vending machine increased at 1.6% CAGR.

What is the Europe recycling vending machine market size?

Europe recycling vending machine market is valued at US$ 360.4 Million in 2023.

How is the market for Europe recycling vending machine expected to fare going forward?

The demand for recycling vending machine is anticipated to reach US$ 460.1 Million by 2033-end.

What country is dominating the recycling vending machine market?

Germany will continue to be the most attractive market for the recycling vending machine market in terms of revenues.

Who are the key manufacturers of the recycling vending machine market?

Unison UK, Air Link Systems Ltd., Ake Environmental Technologies, RVM Systems, and Sielaff GmbH & CO KG are the key players in the recycling vending machine market.

Europe Recycling Vending Machine Market