All your plastic water and soda bottles now give you free metro tickets
At least in Rome. The city is implementing a bottle recycling scheme where you can exchange plastic waste for metro rides.
Rome is trialling a scheme where people can recycle plastic bottles in return for free rides on the city's public transport system.
Called + Ricicli + Viaggi, or + Recycle + Travel, the recycling scheme accepts plastic bottles which are collected and sent for processing.
Machines at three metro stations in the city exchange one plastic bottle for €0.05 in credit, making a €1.50 journey worth 30 bottles.
Deposit Return Schemes in Europe
Deposit return schemes ensure that single-use plastic bottles are collected, instead of being discarded.
In Europe, until now, 10 countries have already implemented deposit return schemes:
- and Sweden.
All of which have achieved significant results. The least successful country is Estonia, with an 82.7% total return rate which is already higher than many countries in Europe.
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