Sydney installs machines that offer bus tickets in exchange for recycling

High-tech reverse vending machines that give recyclers rewards in exchange for plastic bottles or cans have been installed in the City of Sydney.

Sydney installs machines that offer bus tickets in exchange for recycling.

The machines can take and crush around 2,000 to 3,000 containers before they automatically email an adjacent store to tell staff they’re full. The store owners then empty the machine and send the contents off for recycling.

The move is an attempt to encourage more people to recycle their cans and bottle, and is part of a broader plan to set up an Australia-wide cash-for-recycling scheme, like the one currently in action in South Australia.

So far three machines have been installed around Sydney’s CBD, and they’re offering two-for-one food truck vouchers, bus tickets, or a 10 cent donation to charity group Clean Up Australia in exchange for rubbish. Recyclers can also choose to go into the draw to win a prime seat on the harbour for Sydney’s New Year’s Eve celebrations or earn points on an Envirobank points card.

Reverse vending machines also exist in other towns and cities across Australia, but not all offer the same rewards.

Even before being officially announced last week, three of Sydney’s machines had already filled up with more than 6,000 containers. And within the first three days of being launched, more than 10,000 containers were recycled between just two machines in Haymarket and Circular Quay.

Obviously these machines will only do a small part to counteract the effect of rubbish on the environment – according to the City of Sydney, around 15,000 bottles and cans are littered or thrown into landfill every MINUTE across Australia – but it’s hoped that the machines will increase awareness about recycling. Currently only about 42 percent of New South Wales’ bottles and cans are recycled each year.

“Container deposit schemes significantly increase recycling, reduce waste and protect wildlife and the environment from plastic pollution,” said Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore in a press release.

“We’re taking what action we can to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, but will continue to lobby state and federal governments for reform on this issue.”

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This is very simple and it works no matter where in the world you are.

There is only one catch…First, you must know when (what time) sunrise is. For us hunters, that’s rarely, if ever, a problem.

Look to the sun on horizon. If there are trees on the horizon, then use the tops of the trees as the horizon.

Now hold your arm all the way out, palm side facing you like your shading your eyes from the sun.

“Pinky” on the start of the horizon. From the bottom of your “Pinky” to the top of your “Pointer” finger,.. that’s one hour!

So for example,

Starting at the horizon, lets say that it’s three hand withs, stacked on top of each other, to the bottom of the sun…This means it’s been light for 3 hours. If sunrise was at 6:00am, that would mean that it’s now 9:15 or about 9:30. (Since I’ve never owned a Cell phone and never wear a watch, this has always been close enough for me.)

The bottom two fingers equals 30 minuets.

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A 50- something year old white woman arrived at her seat on a crowded flight and immediately didn’t want the seat. The seat was next to a black man.


Disgusted, the woman immediately summoned the flight attendant and demanded a new seat. The woman said “I cannot sit here next to this black man.”

The fight attendant said “Let me see if I can find another seat.” After checking, the flight attendant returned and stated “Ma’am, there are no more seats in economy, but I will check with the captain and see if there is something in first class.”

About 10 minutes went by and the flight attendant returned and stated

“The captain has confirmed that there are no more seats in economy, but there is one in first class. It is our company policy to never move a person from economy to first class, but being that it would be some sort of scandal to force a person to sit next to an UNPLEASANT person, the captain agreed to make the switch to first class.”


Before the woman could say anything, the attendant gestured to the black man and said, “Therefore sir, if you would so kindly retrieve your personal items, we would like to move you to the comfort of first class as the captain doesn’t want you to sit next to an unpleasant person.”

Passengers in the seats nearby began to applause while some gave a standing ovation.

What a lesson to people who discriminate by color of skin……

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