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Paying the bus ticket with a plastic bottle: A growing trend in the world

Paying the bus ticket with a plastic bottle: A growing trend in the world

It is already practiced in cities in the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Greece, Brazil and China. A creative way to encourage recycling: bring your trash and I'll give you a bus ticket. It seems like magic, but in cities in the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Greece, Brazil and some Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, the system has already been implemented to reduce the environmental impact of plastics.

The machine works like an ATM, once the bottles are inserted they are crushed and reduced to a third of the original size and then compacted for transport and treatment.

The machines have a screen that is offered as an advertising support and can be installed in any venue where public transit, from shopping centers to cinemas, stadiums, schools, etc.

The user is rewarded in two ways: electronic wallet (through a rechargeable card) to which the amount or points will be paid to exchange and / or discount on tickets to the cinema, department stores, time for the cell phone or the internet. This money can also be donated to charities that are part of the project.

China already has thousands of these machines. Now it's the turn of Sydney, the Australian city that installed machines earlier this year that offer bus tickets in exchange for recycling. And it seems that everyone should exchange their waste for those things for which they would otherwise have to spend their money.


Video: Indonesians can pay bus fare with plastic waste (July 2021).