A socially aware initiative that rewards recycling – deposit refund systems – exchanging your used beer bottles, tins and plastic bottles for a refund, has come up against a stench problem – until Airplus1 came along that is.
In a number of countries around Europe ( and elsewhere), we have witnessed the installation of what in Lithuania are called ‘Taromats’ and in Germany ‘Tomra’ reverse vending machines, in self-contained kiosks, backed by container deposit legislation, that provides consumers with a refund on inserting appropriate brand container products.
A great success in many areas with huge return success rate, particularly in Germany. Only one problem, the huts, like mini Portakabins installed next to Supermarkets and in car parks have also become the source of numerous voluble public complaints. They stink. So much so that it’s a constant editorial in newspapers and on TV. The ‘incentivised’ visitor is reduced to a double-quick deposit, in order not to gag from the smell from the yeast bacteria from the beer bottles ( the biggest source), before dashing back out, while the unfortunate neighbours adjacent to the huts, continue their tirade of complaints, as the stench fills the air surrounding their properties.
So, what did Airplus1 do? In consultation with a number of supermarkets Airplus1 researched the background to this specific problem, precipitated ironically by the desire to promote good recycling practices, and why this had not been addressed.
Part of the problem is the fact that we as consumers may be motivated to recycle, for all the right reasons, and are in harmony with the added incentive of the refund. But, we are not so keen to rinse out the bottles in advance. And of course, the bacteria from the yeast in the beer especially in hotter months, inside an enclosed kiosk will soon produce a strong, tell-tale stench. Further analysis revealed it’s not for the want of cleaning the floors, with chemicals, sprays several times a day. But the smell persists. Because the bacteria persist in the environment, the beer remains having spilt inside the units on a daily basis, and accumulated over time producing a far more concentrated stench. And nowhere for the smell to go to – even when the door opens, it’s engrained in the machinery. Crushing the glass just adds to the spillage of residue liquid onto the floor and more stench.
Airplus1 have installed ozone generators, timed to operate by remote monitoring control during the hours in the kiosks are closed to the public and calibrated at safe levels for when the doors are open for the cleaning staff and consumers. And guess what. The stench has disappeared, but not only that – the bacteria and the smells associated with them, are kept at bay. So, no more disincentives to recycle the glass beer bottles and tins. And a happy neighbourhood, with no lingering stench pervading their residences. And the supermarkets win too. They are being seen to do something about the smell for improving customer relations as well as improving the habitat for the local residents.
Medical Centres & Hospitals
Numerous medical application possibilities to demonstrate the efficacy of ozone in environments with a high sanitisation priority.
No more skipped gym attendance or having to avoid the shower
Many gym users will be intimately aware of the lingering off-putting odour of a ‘stale gym changing room ‘ – a further example of Airplus1 technology applied for immediate lasting results.
Ozone is extremely well-suited to preserving perishable food taken off shipping containers and removing the bacteria from portside refrigeration units.
Airplus1 has a number of patent pending ozone technology solutions that can be applied to numerous in-situ environments across leisure, medical, industrial, residential and commercial, as well as high volume public access sites.
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