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Old 08-14-2013, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Kill two birds with one stone (bottle)

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Old 08-14-2013, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Here
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Awesome idea! But how many bottles would it take for one ride....like 50??
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Old 08-14-2013, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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Most travelers have something to drink with them during the trip, and instead of throwing the bottle away uselessly in the trash, they can get salvage value banked to put towards bills for businesses/utilities hooked to the system. Clever.

Incentives like this work, even if the "reward" takes awhile to accrue any significant amount. States/counties with bottle deposits that can be reclaimed and recycling pickup companies that apply the salvage value against your bill all have better adoption rates. People will take the extra effort if they think they're getting value and you make it easy on them.
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Most travelers have something to drink with them during the trip, and instead of throwing the bottle away uselessly in the trash, they can get salvage value banked to put towards bills for businesses/utilities hooked to the system. Clever.

Incentives like this work, even if the "reward" takes awhile to accrue any significant amount. States/counties with bottle deposits that can be reclaimed and recycling pickup companies that apply the salvage value against your bill all have better adoption rates. People will take the extra effort if they think they're getting value and you make it easy on them.
I love deposit laws, but they face huge political hurdles in most places. I'm ok with just making sure they don't go in the regular garbage. Wish there was an intelligent way to ship them to states that pay for them.
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Under a bridge
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If this gets people to recycle their bottles to get some money back instead of the bottles ending up in the landfill it's a great idea. Perhaps this spreads to other locations besides the subway like: stores, public buildings, schools, sidewalks, offices, etc. The environment wins and the consumer gets back a little change. Win-win.

-Cheers.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:16 AM
 
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It's a great idea.. lots of people will use that option...the ones that don't could just leave their bottles where someone else can get them....I don't live in a BIG city, so there's really very little bottles that end up in the garbage. Any bottles put on the side of the road (or street) don't stay there for long, as there are many people who would see them as a bonus on their quest to augment their meager incomes. They're almost like gold for the poorer people that live here.
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