Thirsty consumers are comfortable buying drinks from vending machines, but now reverse vending machines will take the empty bottle back.
The City of Wyndham in Melbourne’s outer west are planning a trial of the machines which exchange empty cans and bottles for promotional vouchers.
A single machine could hold up to 2,000 bottles or cans.
“The machines are built for aluminium cans or plastic bottles, so your normal water bottles up to two litres in size.”
The machines would reward users with a voucher for a local attraction or an entry in a competition.
A machine at the aquatic centre might grant a voucher for pool entry or use of the gymnasium.
“This is about just trying to get the recycling message out there in a new and innovative way.”