We are using this for our national geographic plastics project
With this eco-card, you can visit kiosks at recycling dumps, subway stations and parking lots to drop off your recycling and earn points. Along with these three places, smaller kiosks will be set up along roads - just like the ones in cities where you can get parking tickets! These four places would be helpful because people could recycle their plastic wherever they are.
Each pound of plastic you recycle will charge a point onto your card. 5 points equals an hour of free parking. In Boston, where we are focusing our solution, an hour of parking can costs about $18, but can cost up to $30.
Of course, not all people own cars. On a bus, one point equals free bus fare - about $2.
On the subway, a point equals a free ride - about $2.25
Toll booths can also end up costing a lot! A point can also equal $2 off the price of going through a toll booth.
This would be an efficient solution for stopping the plastic problem at the source because so many people use transportation in their day to day lives. If there was a way that they could pay less for parking, of course they would want to do it! And if this way was to recycle, so much less plastic would be transported out to the ocean.