It’s a great way to promote recycling, clean the streets and save money. Indonesia’s second-largest city has come up with a novel way to encourage its residents to recycle waste: giving free bus rides in exchange for used plastic bottles. The idea was instituted back in April and has been very popular in the city.
A two-hour bus ticket costs 10 plastic cups or up to five plastic bottles, depending on their size, which the city hopes will help it meet an ambitious target of becoming free of plastic waste by 2020.
City data shows that 15 per cent, or nearly 400 tonnes, of Surabaya’s daily waste is plastic. A bus can collect up to 250 kg (550 lb) of plastic bottles a day, or roughly 7.5 tonnes in a month, the data shows.
After collection, labels and bottle caps are removed from the waste and it is auctioned off to recycling companies. Money earned from the auction goes towards running the bus operations and to fund green spaces in the city, located on the eastern tip of Java, Indonesia’s main island.
Not only was Friday Random Acts of Kindness Day but it also happened to be a very special day for Students and Staff at Dr Ken Sauer School. The school took part in its first ever Walk for Wishes Friday afternoon in support of the Medicine Hat chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation.
Throughout October, students collected pledges for the Foundation, raising over $4,000. The money raised will be used to help fund future wishes in Medicine Hat. So far in 2018, a total of eight wishes have been granted in Medicine Hat by the foundation, and more walks are planned at Medicine Hat schools in the coming months.