Here’s a nifty idea hatched on the East Coast that I hope will soon head its wagons west …
Greenbean Recycle (or “GB Recycle,” as all the cool kids call it) is an innovative approach to keeping cans and bottles—both plastic and glass—out of garbage cans.
- Recycle a can in a vending-type machine
- Get an instant deposit in your Paypal account
- Learn the energy benefit of your one simple action
The Greenbean machine will happily keep tabs on recycling competitions between you and friends, too.
“When users see their names on a leader board, they are more engaged to come and continue recycling,” says inventor Shanker Sahai. “Recycling is a boring chore and sometimes you don’t know how your effort makes a difference or even if it is recycled and re-used, so by showing a user that even one bottle or can makes a difference in real time, the user is encouraged to keep recycling.”
And, hey, the Greenbean makes fun crushing sounds.
Can’t beat that!
How, you ask, does this machine differ from the “reverse vending machines” outside grocery stores and strip malls where you can return bags full of recyclables?
Sahai designed the Greenbean to be convenient for a passerby who just finished a single bottle of water and is likely to pitch in in the trash.
The eight machines installed to date are strategically located on college campuses. Hopefully, their success will fuel a demand for Greenbeans in office buildings and on street corners nationwide.
Check out the project’s Live Stats for today at GB Recycle.