Every day, thousands and thousands of pounds of trash end up on the streets.
Recycling is important and can diminish the aftermath of all that trash to almost zero, and we all know that, but how the government and the general population can incentivize this practice?
Many organizations, governments and communities have well-structured plans to incentivize recycling. Here are some cool examples to share:
Recycle More, Pay Less (Brazil):
Brazil recently launched a program called “Recycle More, Pay Less”. The initiative, developed by AES Eletropaulo (a local energy supplier), allows you to pay for your electricity bill by delivering your recyclables to a pre-registered place. Everyone who does that receives a punctuation card, and what you delivered is priced according to a local chart. Later on, that value you’ve earned for the trash you were previously just going to throw away , is deducted from your electricity bill, making it cheaper (or even free)!
A little effort Brazilians can do for the planet, and for their own pockets! Cool!
Ready, Set, Recycle (United States):
In the US, specifically in California, the Ready, Set, Recycle contest engages schools into participating in the contest with the main objective of reducing our carbon footprint through recycling.
In their website, tips onto how to separate the trash properly, how to make your own recycling and composting signs and interactive games also help children (and all other who want to participate in the contest) learn more about the importance of recycling for our planet.
Recicle Maniacs (Canada and United States):
The Recycle Mania Tournament is also a competition between schools and universities aiming to augment the amount of recycling in universities (instead of having the residues going into the “normal pile”). All universities and schools participating complete a Scoreboard containing all of their recycling efforts, and the one with better results, wins!
It is nice to know that we are able to do things for our planet in a fun, or even financially rewarding, way. Do you know any other challenges or cool initiatives about recycling?
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