Plastic Fantastic — Are You Ready for Polymer?

October 09, 2015

Remember when "using plastic" used to mean using credit cards? Forget that. From next year the phrase could equally refer to using fivers or tenners.

That's when the Bank of England will start issuing polymer currency to replace paper. The bank plans to release £5 notes (featuring Winston Churchill) in 2016 and £10 notes (Jane Austen) the following year.

Are you ready for that? It's a big change, but with DC payments' help you can take it in your stride.

Easy to spot
Polymer is a sort of plastic but it's thin and flexible — not thick like a credit card.

Notes are 15% smaller but last longer than traditional cotton paper. They're cleaner and tougher and can't even be destroyed in a washing machine!

And of course, they're more secure — making them difficult to forge. They can also be recycled when they do eventually wear out.

Our expertise
Some people say they find the new notes a bit slippery — but the Bank of England is looking at improving the texture. They can also seem slightly more difficult to fold.

But in dozens of countries that already use them, polymer notes have been a big hit.

At DC Payments, we've been dispensing polymer notes across Australia and Canada for many years. All of our UK ATMs will be upgraded to handle both polymer and paper before the new notes go live.

We expect the change to be seamless and will brief all self-fill customers before the launch. But we're also on hand to assist clients with any questions. Customers can call the Helpdesk or their account manager for information and assistance.

As always, DC Payments is here to help!

If you have any questions about operating or maintaining your ATM, contact your DC Payments representative by email or by phone at 0800 093 2350.

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