Tulsa Recycling Kiosks: A New Kind Of Vending Machine

Wednesday, July 7th 2010, 4:28 pm
By: News On 6

By Rick Wells, The News On 6

TULSA, OK – A new kind of recycling opportunity has made an appearance at several locations in Tulsa. It's kind of a reverse vending machine.

But instead of vending full cans and drink bottles, it accepts the empties and gives you something back.

It looks like a vending machine of some sort. You may have seen one; they're pretty new.

"The real goal is to increase recycle awareness in the community," said Jeff Newman.

Jeff Newman is the District Manager for Waste Management in Tulsa. He's talking about the new recycling kiosks that have been showing up around town.

Waste Management has partnered with Pepsi and a website, Greenopolis.com to put them up.

"In Tulsa, we have a kiosk at every Reasor's, which that would be 17," Newman said.

There is a couple kiosks at ONEOK Field and at ORU. They are looking for more locations. They accept aluminum cans and plastic bottles and there's a rewards program.

Here's how it works: the card becomes the ID for your account once you set it up. It's easy to do; you just follow the prompts on the screen. Once you're set up you scan the bar code on each can and bottle.

Despite the fact it's a Pepsi project they're not that particular, it's takes Coke cans too.

"It even tells you what side to put it in," Newman said.

When you're finished, the machine will print a receipt with the reward points you earned and even a coupon. On the website you can track the points you've earned and redeem them for stuff.

Part of the proceeds goes to help disabled veterans so it's designed to help others and increase interest in recycling.