Gallery: Pepsi’s Reverse Vending Machine Pays You to Recycle


Traditional vending machines require cash before providing folks with a tasty beverage. The Dream Machine, a new type of vending kiosk, embraces a much cooler concept: It gives you points and prizes in exchange for an empty bottle or can. Organizers hope the reverse vending machine will encourage recycling when people are away from home and without access to a convenient recycling bin.

The computerized recycling centers were created through a partnership between Pepsi, Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful and are manufactured by GreenOps. To use the machine, people can just scan the barcode of their empty PET plastic bottle or aluminum can, and then insert it into the slot. The Dream Machine calculates how many points to dole out for that particular container. Points can then be redeemed for prizes at the host venue or on

Currently, the Dream Machine can only be found in 150 North Carolina Rite Aid stores, but Southern California will install about 3,000 of the devices by the end of the summer. Organizers say they plan to roll out several thousand of the machines across the country throughout this year. Waste Management will work with the non-profit Keep America Beautiful to find ideal locations for the Dream Machines.

Once the machines are more widely dispersed, organizers say the goal is to recycle 400 million containers a year.

Via Earth911


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  1. Sabejin September 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    We are interested in the machine.. we have an educational recycling project…. would like to know to to contact…

    Read more: New Reverse Vending Machine Pays You to Recycle | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

  2. anita1 August 4, 2011 at 10:36 am



  3. youthvoiceofnepal April 3, 2011 at 3:05 am

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    We are a non-governmental, non-profitable social organization, we have been registered according to social welfare act and working under social welfwre council, govrnment of Nepal. Since its establishment, we are working for environmental awareness and waste management. We are running our projects from the support of national & international donors. Currently, we are running many different projects related with waste management and recycling.

    It is very plesure to know about your company through internet,At the moment we are looking for a plastic recycling machine and some reverse vending machines for our waste management project, If you are the supplier of that machinery, please contact us in our direct e-mail:​ or in my direct cell:+977-9808261110, and send the quotation along with the detail discription of machine and price.

    Looking forward to establish a good business relationship.

    With best regards

    Sri Dev Aryal


    Youth Aawaaj (Voice) Nepal

  4. LaptopGuy August 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    If you like above, you may want to see a video showing a Laptop Vending Machine:

    From company called LaptopsAnytime (

  5. lorenda July 8, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Can this machine pay cash to the user instead of points [then they have redeem at particular venue]? Coz people will prefer cash back instantly. Can this machine be use in other countries, like Malaysia? Thank you.

  6. Amber May 12, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Does anyone have any idea how to get one of these? I work for a large health care company and I think that these could assist with recycling efforts.

  7. katia May 7, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Isn’t it better than just forget about what will happen to the bottles/cans ? Points or cash , ounce they are “friendlier” looking ,& designed, why not even have a little one at home ?

  8. dancing monkey May 6, 2010 at 8:41 am

    This is not exciting at all. I remember using recycling vending machines to collect bottle and can deposits as early as the 1980s, in NYC at least … and I noticed similar machines still in use in Westchester Co. during my last visit. Maybe Pepsi should lobby other states to introduce similar deposit programs.

  9. iwood April 30, 2010 at 6:03 am

    Don\\\\\\\’t you guys have paid recycling yet? In Norway we\\\\\\\’ve had this for longer than I can remember. We get 1nkr for a 0.5l bottle, and 2.50 for a 1.5l bottle (this translates to 16¢ and 42¢). The value is a bit outdated, yet we are still some of the best at recycling plastic.

    Check out (as they are the makers of your reverse vendors).

  10. Dawn C April 29, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Hi Guys,

    Great Idea,

    We have two Reverse Vending Machines on Campus look here >>

    We save loads of money each year and spend our vouchers in the Campus canteen on Heathy Drinks.

    In Sweden/Denmark/Finland/Germany you get money for every can or bottle like Michigan in the States

    Luv Dawn,
    P.S. keep up the great work

  11. Philip Proefrock April 29, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Of course, with Michigan’s bottle and can deposits, we’ve had machines like this in every grocery store for years, now. And those are worth 10 cents each, rather than just points for prizes.

  12. Vending Machine April 29, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I work for a Strong Vend a vending machine supplier in the UK and this looks like a really cool idea. Hopefully they are succeful and they will expand to the UK. I will be keeping a close eye on how this progresses.

  13. ecokaren April 29, 2010 at 10:48 am

    No. this is NOT cool at all. This is another way for Pepsi to justify selling plastic soda bottles. It will make people think it\’s ok to buy Pepsi as long as they can recycle! Another marketing gimmick! Total greenwashing.

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