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Amazing German Machine Trades in Plastic Bottles for Money or Groceries

Ann Nuñez

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Plastic products are a staple in our daily lives. We use it for PET bottles for beverages, containers for food, bags for groceries, and countless many other common household items. However, our increasing use of plastic bottles also endangers our environment and our ecosystem.

In recent years, communities and countries have been shifting towards using “green” products instead of plastics in order to reduce the waste we generate. Recycling has also become common practice, with many companies and countries taking the initiative in providing innovative and creative ways of encouraging recycling among its consumers. One such example of this is the bottle recycling machine in Germany, where PET bottles can be deposited in the machine in exchange for money.

In Germany, when a person buys a canned or a bottled beverage, they are charged with a few extra cents to encourage consumers to return the bottle. Once empty, the bottles can be deposited in the bottle recycling machines, where different types of bottles have different corresponding amounts. The machine prints out a receipt with the details of how much the recycled bottles amounted to, which the consumer can then exchange for cash or groceries at the counter. Pretty neat, huh?

Watch this video showing a customer depositing PET bottles in a bottle recycling machine:

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This system significantly reduces the waste we produce and sure is more fun than simply throwing your bottles in the waste bin!

Source: Jardin Perfeito

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