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Recycling machines gain popularity

published: 2019-09-11 13:41, mlan
Recycling machines gain popularity fot. Recycling machines gain popularity

Over 70,000 plastic bottles, 16,000 glass bottles and 26,700 cans – this is how many pieces of raw materials the residents have already put into recyclers. Eco-points received for discarded packaging are exchanged for prizes. The machine at Bankowy Square will soon be moved to Mirowski Square, which is why it is temporarily switched off.

“I am glad that Warsaw residents are so eager to use the recyclers. This is an innovative project because it rewards people for being environmentally-friendly with, among others, theatre or cinema tickets. At the same time, it reminds the residents that bottles and cans are valuable raw materials that can be reused,” said Michał Olszewski, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw. “Since we have finished the summer editions of Otwarta Ząbkowska and Bankowy Square, we will move the machines to their ultimate destinations.”

The two machines, which have been provided through cooperation between Coca–Cola and the Our Earth Foundation [Fundacja Nasza Ziemia], have been in operation since mid-July. Plastic and glass bottles as well as aluminium cans (not crushed) can be thrown into the machines.

Just run the “ETS Portfel” application on your smartphone, scan your individual code in the recycler, discard raw materials one by one, and the ECO points will be credited to your account. After collecting a sufficient number of points, they can be redeemed for a discount of your choice: a discounted coffee in Costa Coffee, a cheaper ticket to the Multikino network or the Dramatic Theatre, or discounts on shows and events in the Capitol Theatre. The application for collecting ECO points is available on Android and iOS devices. The system itself is also environmentally-friendly – the machines do not require printing receipts or owning any cards. A total of ten devices of this kind are planned to be installed in Warsaw.

One machine currently operates at Ząbkowska Street. The second one, temporarily switched off, will be moved from Bankowy Square to Mirowski Square and will be situated near the Hala Gwardii facility, overlooking the park.
The project is part of Warsaw's educational campaign on the principles of selective waste collection. The #RadyNaOdpady Action encourages and provides information on how to segregate paper, glass, metals and plastics, bio-residues and mixed fractions. Tips can be followed on Facebook and at czysta.um.warszawa.pl.