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Indonesia hops on board new recycling-for-rides scheme

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Indonesia hops on board new recycling-for-rides scheme

Indonesia hops on board new recycling-for-rides scheme

Indonesia's second-largest city has come up with a novel way to encourage its residents to recycle waste: giving free bus rides in exchange for used plastic bottles.

Saskia O'Donoghue reports

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Indonesia hops on board new recycling-for-rides scheme

A novel way to combat plastic waste.

Indonesia's second-largest city is encouraging residents to recycle by giving free bus rides in exchange for used plastic bottles.

In Surabaya, commuters can choose to drop off plastic bottles at terminals or directly pay their fare with them.

A two-hour bus ticket costs 10 plastic cups or up to five plastic bottles.

The city hopes the scheme will help it meet an ambitious target of becoming plastic-free by 2020.

City data shows that 15 percent of Surabaya's daily waste is plastic.

That's nearly 400 tonnes.

A single bus can collect roughly 7.5 tonnes in a month.

After collection, labels and bottle caps are taken off and the waste is auctioned off to recycling companies.

The money made then goes towards running the bus operations and funding green spaces in the city.

Studies show that Indonesia, an archipelago of thousands of islands, is thought to be the world's second-largest contributor of plastic pollution in oceans after China.




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