Sydney is trialling two Envirobank machines that reward recyclers with movie tickets, bus trips, and food vouchers.

Reverse vending machines that accept recycled goods as a form of payment are being trialled in Sydney. The machines take locals’ empty drink cans and plastic bottles before offering up rewards for their recycling efforts.

Beverage containers reportedly outstrip cigarette butts as the most littered item, with 15,000 bottles and cans littered or landfilled in Australia every minute. Clean-Up Australia figures show that drink containers account for over one third of all reported rubbish in New South Wales (NSW) and there are around 40,000 injuries from broken glass bottles in Australia each year, with 5,000 of these requiring medical treatment.

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