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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.

BY RSVP March 02,2020

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: 

  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Lithuania
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • 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.

The most successful example in Europe is Norway, with an impressive 97% recycling rate for plastic bottles.