Rather than give coins back, Turkish company Pugedon’s new machine in Istanbul gives food and water for the city’s stray dogs when plastic bottles are recycled. After a bottle is deposited up top, food is released at the bottom, and the Pugedon Smart Recycling Boxes operate at no charge to the city, with recycled bottles covering the cost of the food. For those who can’t see the video above, continue reading for an animated image showing exactly how this machine works.
Huffington Post reports, “Turkey is known for its large numbers of stray animals roaming its urban areas. The city of Istanbul alone is home to more than 150,000 stray dogs and cats, according to Deutsche Welle. While some welcome their company, others complain that the animals are sources of disease and danger.”