Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Vending Machine Addition

Crush Cans
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Why not an addition to Drink Machines that crushes cans. You would place the empty can in a receptacle in the side or front of the machine and it would crush the can and drop it into a recptacle in the machine.
rovegratz, Oct 26 2004

Reverse Vending http://www.envipco.com/reverse.asp
[Shz, Oct 26 2004]


       And give you a rebate on the drink.
FarmerJohn, Oct 26 2004

       The intent is good but most people just take the beverage and drink it elsewhere, they don't hang out at the machine and finish their drink there. If they had this can/bottle crusher next to the rubbish bins on the street we could recycle anytime.
Machiavelli, Oct 26 2004

       Hey, I'd use it! I'd even put the unopened can in it.
ldischler, Oct 26 2004

       This'd work despite [Machiavelli]'s good point in Japan because there are vending machines on almost every corner. Send them a letter.
harderthanjesus, Oct 26 2004

       I agree with [machiavelli]. This idea is full of good intent but most people walk away from the machine to drink it and thus, a crusher within the machine would not be used.   

       As a employee of a company that uses hundreds of thousands of vending machines (the red company), and I know that the major issue however is that there is no space inside the machine - it's all stock and fridge. It's not economical to take space from stock for rubbish ... so you'd have to make the machines bigger, which is also impractical - these machines would be too big to place.   

       So, + for the idea, - for the feasibility. No score overall.
jonthegeologist, Oct 26 2004

       jon, I think you just confirmed my suspicion that they mine the stuff :)
theircompetitor, Oct 26 2004

       Nearly every vending machine I use has a can-crusher right next to it. Same for trash cans. The can-crusher is of course the heel of my shoe.
sophocles, Oct 27 2004

       Entirely more useful (and mother-nature friendly!) than the 'soothing world music'-playing vending machines we have at work. They make you either want to go aaaaahhhoooom while you pick your low carb zero calorie health snack wrapped in wetland-choking nuke-o-foam wrap or just puke beforehand and get it overwith, depending on your tastes.
RayfordSteele, Oct 27 2004

       Fight the flower! Fight the flowers that be!
harderthanjesus, Oct 27 2004

       [theircompetitor] i can't possibly reveal the secret
jonthegeologist, Oct 27 2004


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