We care about the environment.

At Automatic Refreshments, our commitment to the environment is as strong as our dedication to providing top-tier service. Embracing our role as responsible stewards of the planet, we continuously strive to minimise our ecological footprint. Our approach is not just about fulfilling moral and legal obligations; it's about a deep-seated commitment to constantly do more for the environment. Below, we outline some of the key initiatives and practices that showcase our efforts as a conscientious vending operator.

Modern machines

The majority of our newer vending machines boast an impressive A+ energy rating, a testament to our commitment to sustainability. These machines are fitted with energy-efficient, long-lasting LED lighting, significantly reducing their power consumption. Additionally, many of our machines are equipped with an innovative energy learning mode. This smart feature powers down the machine during typical periods of inactivity, offering energy savings of up to 30% compared to traditional vending models. Our hot drinks machines are designed with refillable ingredient canisters, greatly reducing the waste that is commonly associated with pod and cartridge systems. These initiatives not only reflect our dedication to environmental responsibility but also offer our customers the benefit of more sustainable vending solutions.

Machine refurbishment & recycling.

Wherever feasible, we refurbish our vending machines to an 'as new' condition before reintroducing them into service. This practice not only extends the life of the machines but also aligns with our commitment to sustainability. At the end of a machine's lifecycle, we meticulously dismantle it, salvaging any usable parts for future repairs. Components that cannot be repurposed are disposed of in strict compliance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations. To ensure environmentally responsible disposal, we exclusively partner with licensed and registered waste disposal companies. This thorough approach to refurbishment and recycling reflects our dedication to reducing waste and minimising our environmental impact.

We recycle where possible.

As you might expect, the sheer volume of operations at Automatic Refreshments results in a significant amount of packaging waste each week, including cardboard boxes and plastic wrapping. We take this environmental challenge seriously. All the waste generated is transported back to our distribution warehouse, where it undergoes meticulous sorting for recycling. Our firm intention is to ensure that nothing recyclable ends up in landfill. This approach is a key part of our commitment to environmental responsibility, as we continuously strive to reduce our ecological footprint and promote sustainable practices.

Our vehicle fleet.

Our entire vehicle fleet is equipped with the latest tracking technology, enabling us to meticulously plan routes that minimise fuel consumption and reduce journey distances. This commitment to efficiency extends beyond mere route planning. Our tracking system meticulously records parameters such as speed, acceleration, and braking. By closely monitoring these aspects, we not only ensure optimal fuel efficiency but also promote safer driving practices among our team. This approach is part of our broader commitment to environmental responsibility, reducing our carbon footprint while maintaining the high standard of service our customers expect.

Our offices

In line with our environmental commitment, the majority of our invoicing has transitioned to a paperless system. We encourage you to join this eco-friendly initiative by contacting our credit control department to switch to paperless billing. Our team is dedicated to reducing paper usage, and we are proud to have already decreased our paper consumption by 70%. Additionally, all our printers are equipped with refillable ink cartridges, significantly cutting down on landfill waste. Beyond these measures, we actively encourage our team to conserve energy by powering off devices when not in use, further reinforcing our commitment to sustainability and responsible resource management.

Our product range.

We are proud to offer a wide selection of Fairtrade, UTZ certified, and Rainforest Alliance products. Products that are partnered support farmers in growing better crops, enhancing their income, and creating brighter opportunities, all while safeguarding the environment and conserving natural resources. Furthermore, our range includes products from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, which adhere to the stringent standards set by the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN). These standards encompass crucial aspects such as ecosystem conservation, wildlife protection, and ensuring fair treatment and good working conditions for workers. By choosing these certified products, we not only provide quality to our customers but also contribute to global efforts in sustainable and responsible agriculture.

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