Vending Machines Collect Plastic Trash

August 1, 2019

Environmentalists are hopeful that reverse vending machines recently installed as a one-year pilot program in Rome will help eliminate some of the litter in Italy, Lonely Planet reports.

For the payment of empty plastic bottles, the machines dispense public transportation credits for use toward bus and train tickets. The machines accept bottles up to 2 liters, crush them, and sort them for recycling.

If the machines are successful in eliminating a substantial amount of litter in Rome, city officials will install more throughout the city. A 2017 report found Italy is the fourth most wasteful country in Europe, producing enough trash each year to fill the Colosseum 12 times. Overflowing trash bins are a common sight on the streets of Rome.

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