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Rome of­fers free metro tick­ets to plas­tic re­cy­clers

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Trends -

Rome

is try­ing to be­come more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly by of­fer­ing free metro tick­ets to trav­ellers who re-cy­cle plas­tic bot­tles us­ing ma­chines set up in three of the Ital­ian cap­i­tal’s sta­tions. The ini­tia­tive, which was launched in July, has proved so pop­u­lar that 350,000 bot­tles have been re­cy­cled. It will soon be ex­tended across the metro net­work and run un­til July 2020, the city’s pub­lic trans­port com­pany ATAC says. One ticket valid for 100 min­utes of travel costs 30 bot­tles, which must be in­serted into the ma­chine with the bar­code la­bel so that the ma­chines can read them and reg­is­ter them on the app. The metro turn­stiles can di­rectly read the app on mo­bile phones, so that com­muters par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ini­tia­tive do not need to buy a nor­mal pa­per ticket.

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