PET nominations Desks Polokwane Recycling
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The future of recycling is looking ever more attractive with machines soon to grace the country that swallow up recyclable plastic bottles and aluminium cans and then spew out financial rewards.

The iRecycle is a reversible vending machine designed to encourage people to recycle by paying them for doing so.

Every time you place a bottle into the iRecycle‚ the machine gives you one green loyalty point in the form of a receipt.

The iRecycle has an interface that allows you to register either your cellphone number or email address. A free application that can be downloaded from the Google Play store or Apple store then links the information to your profile‚ allowing you to accumulate points.

“Fifty green loyalty points will equate to a R100 voucher‚ which you can redeem as airtime‚ online gift cards‚ movie tickets or shopping vouchers‚” said Mfundo Mkhize‚ project manager of Emvelo‚ which is behind the initiative.

This type of initiative is the first of its kind in Africa‚ said Mkhize.

He said they were looking to roll it out at universities first before allowing the rest of the country to experience the future.

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  1. Here is the company’s social media handles should anyone wish to investigate further. Twitter: @EmveloiRecycle Facebook: Emvelo iRecycle, can’t wait for the machine to launch!

  2. How do I get myself on board if I want to buy the machine from you guys.
    Contact me anytime on ( 0788886223)

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