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Plastic Bottles Can Now Be Recycled in Exchange for Train Fare on the Rome Metro


Backpacking through Rome, and don't have enough money for the metro? No worries — just gather a few plastic bottles, bring them down to the station, and you'll be able to ride for free.

The Italian city is currently trialing a program called "Ricicli + Viaggi," which means Recycle + Travel. At three metro stations around Rome, riders can now deposit plastic bottles for metro credit.

The compactor recycling machines have been installed at a station on each of the three subway lines: Cipro on the A line, Piramide on the B line, and San Giovanni on the C line, as reported by Lonely Planet. At each station, returning a plastic PET bottle between 0.5 liters and 2 liters will add a 5-cent credit to your metro account. A metro ride costs €1.50, meaning you'll need to return 30 bottles to accrue enough credit for a ride.