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Reverse Vending Machines – Get Rewarded When You Recycle

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In recent years, many people around the world has started to realize the seriousness of plastic pollution. In Singapore alone, more than 700 million kilograms of plastics is discarded every year. 

I wanted to do my part in combatting plastic pollution so I did a little research. That’s when I learned about the Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) initiative. This initiative is a collaboration between the National Environmental Agency (NEA) and Fraser and Neave (F&N). 

Reverse Vending MachinesThis program places 50 Reverse Vending Machines across Singapore. This initiative aims to encourage Singaporeans to adopt an eco-conscious lifestyle by offering a convenient and rewarding way to recycle. 

You can find the locations of the 50 Reverse Vending Machines here

Reverse Vending Machines - Step 1Reverse Vending Machines Step 2Reverse Vending Machines - Step 3You can expect two types of reward schemes when you recycle your drink containers (aluminum cans or plastic bottles): 

Single-Reward Scheme

For every twenty (20) empty drink containers deposited in a single transaction, users will receive a $0.20 FairPrice discount coupon

Multi-Reward Scheme

For every ten (10) empty drink containers deposited in a single transaction, users can choose from one option from the range of non-monetary rewards below:

  • STAR$, which can be redeemed for eCapitaVouchers and eDeals on the CapitaStar App which can be used for shopping and dining across CapitaLand malls, as well as eCapitaMall and Capita3Eats
  • ActiveSG credits which can be used at all ActiveSG facilities.
  • Sentosa Fun Pass Tokens which can be exchanged to for attraction passes, souvenirs or food and drinks at participating merchants on Sentosa
  • Free rides on Anywheel bicycles 

NEA and F&N has also launched RVM School Education Programme under the Recycle N Save initiative in March 2020. Participating schools organise their own activities to encourage the practice of the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) among the students.

I think this is such a great initiative by the government! I can’t wait to get my first reward when I recycle my used aluminum cans and plastic bottles.

Website:

https://www.nea.gov.sg/our-services/waste-management/reverse-vending-machines

https://recyclensave.sg

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