Rome: 5 million plastic bottles got recycled through “Plastic-eating” project

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Two years ago, Rome introduced a new and innovative way to combat plastic pollution: all those who recycle plastic bottles at metro stations are accumulating credits for purchasing bus and metro tickets.

Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi has now announced that commuters have recycled more than five million plastic bottles since the city introduced ‘plastic-eating’ machines.

Mayor Raggi stated: “The Plastic-Eating project is a useful and fun initiative that allows us to protect the environment and our health.”

The environmentally-friendly initiative has been expanded to eight subway stations since July 2019, with commuters receiving a credit of five cents for each plastic bottle, meaning if they recycle 30 bottles they receive a free €1.50 ticket, reports Wanted in Rome.

The ecobonus system has also been introduced in 24 city markets where shoppers who recycle their plastic bottles can receive discounts.


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