Reverse Vending Machines…yes please


Gizmodo has an article on Envirobank’s Reverse Vending Machines which are an environmentally friendly receptacle for your empty cans or bottles. The Australian company has rolled out a few of their machines to see what the response is. For your empty bottle, and for viewing a ‘targeted advertisement’, you will receive credit or coupons. The machines can accept glass, #1 plastics, and cans. This of course takes me back 20 years to when I used to collect glass bottles to take to the local store to get a dollar or two ($.10 a bottle). In the US only a few states still have cash deposits on bottles now, so other than not wanting to destroy the world, there isn’t a lot of incentive to recycle. If Envirobank’s test goes well in Australia hopefully we will see these reverse vending machines next to the coin counting machines at local stores.


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Jesse is Instructor in Geography and a PhD candidate in Geography focusing on the integration of phenomenology and geospatial technologies to study prehistoric cultural landscape. He is a GIS Professional and Registered Professional Archaeologist and holds an MA in Geography and a BS in Anthropology with a concentration in archaeology.