>>>Visitors to some of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions are to be offered half-price entry in exchange for used plastic drinks bottles, as part of a trial starting on Wednesday which gives instant incentives for recycling.
>>>In a tie-up between theme park operator Merlin and drinks giant Coca-Cola, a series of so-called “reverse vending machines” will be installed outside the entrances of Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures and Legoland.
>>>In a bid to boost flagging recycling rates and tackle plastic litter, the machines will reward users depositing any 500ml plastic bottle with half-price discount vouchers which can be redeemed at all 30 Merlin attractions in the UK.
Dealing with the plastic problem is very much on trend in the U.K. - plastic bags can’t be given free anymore, plastic ear swans are banned in Scotland, bans on plastic straws seem imminent (with many large chains already transitioning away), as well as an extra charge for take-away cups (the ones that seem to be paper, but are actually a paper-plastic mix) voluntarily being adopted (again with legislation expected).
That said, half price vouchers for Merlin attractions are not hard to find, one only needs to take a visit to PoundLand to find multiple snacks/drinks/cereal boxes offering an equivalent deal.Tweet
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