Sustainable Consumption is Trendy

Zhubanov Aktobe Regional University
On average, every Kazakhstani generates 250-360 kilograms of household waste per year. In 2019 alone, the country produced 4.3 million tons of waste, with 85% of it being plastic waste. Unfortunately, only 11.5% of this waste is successfully recycled, according to Good House Keeping.

One of the solutions to reduce the volume of plastic waste in landfills is through reverse vending machines. Reverse vending machines provide monetary rewards in exchange for used recyclable materials, ensuring proper sorting and incentivizing recycling. The more bottles you bring, the more credits you can earn.

By collaborating with major companies in our city, we can develop such a project. People today are often too lazy to properly dispose of their waste. We hope that this project will serve as their initial motivation.

By establishing collection points for recyclable materials in major shopping centers and supermarkets, we take the first step in educating the population towards an ecological direction. Residents can receive additional mobile phone minutes, bonuses from major supermarkets, and sponsor company services by depositing waste at these collection points.
Expected Results:
Impact on Awareness - If successful, our project will attract a significant number of people and, as one of the first "Green Universities," serve as an example to demonstrate the importance of correctly sorting waste for further recycling.

Our university is already working on instilling an eco-culture in the younger generation. Training sessions are conducted in collaboration with the "Green Office" - ECO Network, and the university club "EcoARSU" tirelessly advocates for environmental conservation. Thanks to their efforts, all students are aware that the state of nature depends solely on us, and they actively participate in cleanup activities alongside eco-volunteers.
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