Reverse vending machines
A new era of sustainability is upon us, and it’s evidently touching every corner of Hong Kong. Increasing the number of water dispensers around the city isn’t the only way to tackle the perennial plastic bottle waste problem. There are more companies that are initiating sustainability programmes in recycling drinks containers. Swire Coca-Cola and Vitasoy, one of the city’s biggest drinks manufacturers have launched ‘reverse’ vending machines campaigns – rewarding every recycled plastic bottle in exchange for Octopus Card credits. International organisations such as Plastic-Free Precincts are launching more pop-ups in various neighbourhoods, encouraging people to trade in recyclable plastics to unlock rewards from shopping and dining hotspots. We see 2020 as the years that more Hongkongers will be driven to engage in community recycling and promote sustainable living.