Thirsty consumers are comfortable buying drinks from the vending machine, but now the reverse vending machine will get the empty bottle back.
Wyndham City in the west of Melbourne plans to try out the machine in exchange for promotional coupons with empty cans and bottles.
Council manager for Environment and Sustainable Development Peter McKinnon said there are many machines around Australia, but it is not common in Victoria.
We think we\'re the first municipal council. in Victoria]
Run and install these machines, \"he told Rafael Epstein of 774 ABC Melbourne.
A machine can hold up to 2,000 bottles or cans, he said.
\"The machine is made for aluminum cans or plastic bottles, so the size of your regular water bottle
is up to two liters.
\"Unlike the container deposit plan in South Australia, these machines do not pay consumers for empty bottles.
\"Cash is not involved here,\" Mr. McKinnon said . \".
Instead, these machines reward users with a coupon for tickets to local attractions or competitions.
Mr. McKinnon said that a machine at the aquatic center might provide vouchers for swimming pool access or use of the gym.
\"It\'s just trying to convey recycling information in a new and innovative way,\" he said . \".
McKinnon said that the Wyndham Council is in the \"preliminary planning phase\" of the reverse vending machine test \".
\"This is all part of the waste strategy adopted by the council about three to four weeks ago,\" he said . \".
The trial will install up to four machines in public places around Wyndham.
\"We are looking for an activity center, so the shopping center,\" Mr. McKinnon said . \".
\"We want to put one in our main water facilities and also our stadium.
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