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

By Koty Neelis

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.

Launched in April, the program in Surabaya is the first-of-its-kind in the country. A global study in 2015 found that Indonesia was responsible for sending more plastic into the ocean than any country other than China. According to the World Bank, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Thailand produce more than half of the world’s oceanic plastic waste collectively.