Thirsty consumers are comfortable buying drinks from vending machines, but now reverse vending machines will take their empty bottles 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 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.
Interesting facts about gardening
- Recycling one win bottle saves enough energy to operate a 100-watt light bulb for three hours.
- Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water.
- Every year, Americans throw away enough office paper to build a 12-foot high wall from Seattle to New York.
- Cars usually carry only one person in the U.S. There’s enough room in our 140 million cars that everyone in Western Europe could ride with us.
- Every hour 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away in America.
- Recycling one aluminum can save enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours.
- America can save 250,000,000 trees a year if we recycle all of the newspapers.
- By recycling steel, we save enough energy every year to supply a decade’s worth of electricity to Los Angeles.
- With 1000 plastic milk jugs, one can make a 6-foot-long plastic park bench.
- It takes as few as 30 days for a glass container to go from a recycling bin back to a store shelf.
- Glass and Aluminum materials can be recycled indefinitely without any degradation in their quality.
- By printing on recycled newsprint, each New York Times newspaper can save about 3.5 gallons of water.
- An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be an aluminum can 500 years from now.