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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 8, August 2012, Posted On: 7/11/2012

RVMs Reward Beijing Subway Commuters For Depositing Empty Bottles

by Staff Reporter
vending business, vending machine, Beijing subway, reverse vending machine, RVMs, Beijing Incom Resources Recovery Co. Ltd., automated bottle recycling

BEIJING, China -- Beijing subway riders will soon be able to earn credits on their commuter passes by depositing their empty beverage bottles into reverse vending machines (RVMs) located in city train stations.

Beijing Incom Resources Recovery Co. Ltd., a large recycler, plans to install and operate more than 100 recycle-to-ride devices. An RVM will reward donors with 5 fen to 1 jiao (about 0.8¢ to 1.6¢) on their commuter passes for each PET bottle they insert into the machine. The machine then crushes and sorts the containers according to color and type.

The company told local news outlets that it hopes to later expand the RVMs to other subway stations, bus stops and residential areas.

Incom currently processes 50,000 tons of bottles a year, most of which it buys from informal collectors. With the recycling machines, it hopes to collect bottles directly from the public. The company also plans to generate revenue from government subsidies and advertising on the machines' touchscreen displays.

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