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02 Apr 2016 
The city government of Beijing has placed 34 reverse vending machines throughout the city offering cellular phone minutes or public transportation credits in exchange for empty plastic beverage containers.

According to a written report within the Chinese-language Legal Evening News transcribed to English from the Pangea Today website, the 34 machines can offer a phone card rebate when users enter their telephone numbers.

The first 10 such machines were placed within Beijing subway stations plastic recycling extruder machine in late 2012. Based on a 2012 news report published when the subway station machines were introduced, the reverse vending machines are manufactured by Beijing-based Incom Recycle Co. Ltd.

The reverse vending machines reportedly recognize the type of bottle being recycled and offer rewards commensurate towards the types of bottles and number of bottles being fed towards the machine.

The populous city government of Beijing says some 15, 000 tons of plastic bottles per year are already recycled within the town, but which the reverse vending rewards machines are expected to "exponentially increase" that amount.

According to the Legal Evening News report, some of the new recycling machines are located close to major tourist destinations such as the Temple of Heaven, where as many as 60,000 people may pass the reverse vending machine each full day.

Travelers and others and also require no curiosity about a transit pass or a mobile phone card rebate may still feed their plastic containers into the machine.
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