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Sure that 5 cents per bottle or can adds up, but the incentive
hasn't budged in forty years. Suppose those machines at the
grocery store would now and then make a BIG payout, maybe a
large multiple of the base ticket. This would probably cause a
dramatic reduction of roadside litter, especially
if water bottles
and energy drink cans were included.
Irn Bru is classically sold in glass bottles
[Jinbish, May 08 2009]
And other A.G.Barr soft drinks too...
There is a 20p deposit available for each of these bottles upon return to a vendor in the UK. [Jinbish, May 08 2009]
||Nice idea - maybe a crisp, new $10 bill for every 200th bottle. How do these machines work though? How do they ensure people aren't just chucking all sorts of rubbish in to get the refund money?
||The machines usually check quite thouroughly that the bottle/can is applicable - dents sometimes throw it off, and a bottle that has the same general outline, but slightly different surface is rejected too.
||It's a barcode scanner in the machine. It checks the barcode
against products the store sells. With new products you
sometimes run into a situation where it hasn't been
||I've not seen such a machine before - we haven't had deposit bottles in the UK for years, sadly. But it has me wondering if I could tag the things I put in the recycling bins to potentially win a prize as one can/bottle/newspaper etc is randomly selected at the recycling plant. [+]
||We do have deposit bottles in the UK. Just got to know where we keep 'em!