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Istanbul’s “Smart Mobile Waste Transfer Centers” scan and assign a value to recyclables before crushing, shredding, and sorting the material. Will they help to prevent littering?

What incentive do you have to make sure a plastic bottle you use ends up in a recycling bin?

The answer is probably very little, unless you’re determined to get 5 to 10 cents per bottle at the recycling center or unless you happen to live in one of the few cities or states that have mandatory recycling laws or plastic bottle bans.

Recently, Istanbul devised a more direct incentive to boost recycling rates by installing “reverse vending machines” that allow people to trade recyclables for credit on Istanbulkart cards, which are used to pay for public transportation.

“With those smart machines, our waste management department and the municipality’s Smart City Technologies Company [İsbak] will contribute to the protection of the environment,” the municipality said on Twitter.

The machines, dubbed “Smart Mobile Waste Transfer Centers,” are able to scan and assign a value to recyclables before crushing, shredding, and sorting the material. The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality plansto install at least 100 of the machines in 25 locations by the end of 2018.

https://bigthink.com/stephen-johnson/istanbul-to-boost-recycling-with-reverse-vending-machines-that-trade-plastic-for-metro-fare