APR 23, 2018 3:24 AM PDT

Recycle your bottles to feed the stray dogs!

How many of us recycle our bottles? Statistics from BYU Idaho report that "Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour - and most of them are thrown away! On average, it costs $30 per ton to recycle trash, $50 to send it to the landfill, and $65 to $75 to incinerate it." Couldn't we be doing something better with that money? One vending machine company certainly thought so!

In a genius epiphany, this machine combines the idea of a bottle collector and a vending machine - but for stray dogs. For every bottle that someone deposits, food is released into the well below the collector so that street animals have a healthy, steady source of nutrition. By recycling your bottles, you can make roughly 5 cents for each container under 24 ounces and 10 cents for each container 24 ounces or greater, according to the California Refund Value. When you recycle a bottle or can into this doggy-friendly contraption, that money goes to pay for dog food and you get the instant gratification of feeding a hungry pup, in addition to cleaning up your local environment. What to learn more about recycling in your area? Visit https://www.wikihow.com/Recycle-Aluminum-Cans-and-Plastic-Bottles-and-Earn-Cash to see what your state's bottle deposit laws are, and watch the video to see some happy dogs!
About the Author
Bachelor's (BA/BS/Other)
Kathryn is a curious world-traveller interested in the intersection between nature, culture, history, and people. She has worked for environmental education non-profits and is a Spanish/English interpreter.
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