Envirobank Gives you Money for Recyclables

by Mark R

envirobank1-300x273This next product is for those who are truly “greening their routine”. I myself usually take a trip to the recycling plant once per week. Sadly, this has nothing to do with my love for Mother Earth. It just so happens that I can save a lot of money on my garbage bill.

Envirobank has figured out a way that consumers can deposit their recyclables in a conveniently located machine, and give them a cash reward for their ecologically sound actions. These machines have been called “reverse vending machines” as users give aluminum cans to the machine, and it gives them money right back.

In addition to aluminum cans, these machines accept PET, HDPE, and PVC recyclable materials as well as brown, clear, and green glass. My sources say that some of these machines can hold up to 3,000 containers.

I am assuming that some recycler eventually comes by and picks up all the drop-offs, replenishes the money slot, and the recyclables will already be cleaned and crushed. I believe that in order to receive the payments for the recycled trash, the user needs to watch a video via an LCD screen on the machine itself.

This new system of reverse vending machines has already been deployed in Australia, but only on a trial basis. Personally, I think a system like this could easily change the world, and maybe even save the Earth in the process.


6 reviews or comments

Chris Nee Says: May 5, 2009 at 7:07 am

I think that’s a great idea! It reflects badly on me, but I’d recycle more actively if we had one of this in my office, or on our block, for example. I do recycle at home, but I don’t give it much thought. I’m sure my neighbours don’t bother.

Peter Says: July 24, 2009 at 7:34 am

Are you kidding with me? This has been used in Europe for ages? We pay 10 cent extra when we buy a soda and then when you recycle it you get a 10 cent refund.

marisela Says: March 26, 2012 at 11:20 pm

hi i am interested in buying one or more machines i just wanted to know what are the costs of each machine and if I am dedicated to selling in Mexico as an official how does it works thanks

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