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This City Offers Free Bus Passes For People Who Bring In Their Trash


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Indonesia, an archipelago of thousands of islands, has one of the world’s largest problems with plastic waste but one city is making waves by offering a new recycling program that gives its residents an incentive to turn in their trash.

In Surabaya, the country’s second-largest city, residents that recycle their plastic bottles can get a free bus pass. Five plastic bottles, or 10 plastic cups, equal a two-hour bus ticket. Riders can drop off bottles at terminals or pay their fare directly with the bottles; in a day, a bus can collect as much as 550 pounds of plastic, according to a Reuters report.