People traveling in Rome by metro can get money for a ticket (through the app on their mobile phone) in exchange for used plastic.
A recycling program called “+ Ricicli + Viaggi” (More recyclable, more travel) was launched on July 24, 2019 by Mayor of Rome Virginia Raji. ATAC Urban Transport Network supports the project.
Passengers are offered to hand in plastic bottles to “vending machines,” and use the checks received to buy bus and metro tickets. Each plastic container costs 5 cents (3.2 rubles), so to buy a standard ticket for 1.5 euros (105.88 rubles) you will need to hand in 30 bottles.
Automatic machines located at three stations of the Roman metro accept bottles of any size up to 2 liters. Then they are sorted, crushed and processed.
The devices will pass the 12-month "test phase", informs Lonely Planet. If passengers will use them, the city authorities will expand the scheme and install devices at all stations.
A video published by Euro News in September 2019 showed the degree of plastic pollution in Rome. Only the first few seconds we see the shining sun above the iconic Colosseum, and then we observe a series of garbage containers filled with plastic waste.
In the first two weeks of August 2019, about 11 thousand plastic bottles were recycled in the Roman metro, according to Recycling International.
Italians drink more bottled water than any other European nation – an average of 188 liters per person per year. If the proposal “+ Ricicli + Viaggi” attracts the inhabitants of Rome, it will help cleanse the capital from the used plastic.
This is a very good initiative, but much remains to be done in Rome.
Plastics processing in the world
According to the Royal Statistical Society of Great Britain for 2018, only about 9% of all plastic ever produced is recycled.
Jenna Jambek, an environmental engineer at the University of Georgia, USA, commented on the results of the study.
“We knew that since 1950 there has been a rapid increase in the production of plastics, but the total amount of plastic produced during this time is amazing.”
This "striking" figure is 8.3 billion metric tons (!) Of plastic, mostly disposable. And only 12% were recycled, and the rest will need about 400 years to decompose in landfills.
“We had no idea about the effects of plastic contamination until it filled our environment. Now we need to catch up, ”said the environmental engineer.
Some countries are already fighting pollution. According to World Atlas, 68% of German municipal waste is recycled or composted, and South Korea has invested 2% of its gross domestic product in its Green Growth incentive program.
See how they do it in Rome:
And a guy from Vietnam thought about nature pollution and created straws from wild grass that can be used instead of the usual plastic tubes!
Source: Epoch Times
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