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Malaysia Looks To Improve Its Recycling Rate With New Incentives

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Malaysians are combating single-use plastics with two initiatives designed to increase recycling rates. Throughout the country, vending machines are being installed that trade gold for recyclable plastic and cans. And Tesco stores in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur are rolling out reusable shopping bags with barcodes that provide customer discounts. 

HelloGold is a tech company based in Kuala Lumpur that came up with the idea for a reverse vending machine. Similar to kiosks where people can swap old mobile devices for money, HelloGold machines will trade gold for single-use plastic or cans (about 25 cents per item).