Hensgsheng Plastic MX a company dedicated to recycling and processing plastic products started a campaign in Mexico City that consists of installing Biorecyclable machines created by Mexicans. The first stage of this program started in the Cuahutemoc delegation in 2014 and currently you can find them in the following locations:
- Parque México
- Avenida Álvaro Obregón
- Plaza Luis Cabrera
- Glorieta de la Cibeles
- Glorieta de Insurgentes
- Explanada de la delegación Cuauhtémoc
These machines work with a program that helps people subsidize in their day-to-day life. In what way will they help and motivate people to recycle? First they were implemented to help in the following way:
- Public transportation
- Promotions and discounts in department stores
- Tickets to the movies, ice cream, etc.
- Cellphone bill
- Free Wi-Fi in some places
The more you recycle the more recycle points you will get! So this is a great way to motivate people and help create an environmental culture in Mexico City. At the moment I don’t know how many points you get by recycling a single plastic bottle but I’m looking forward in finding out more about these amazing machines.
These machines were also installed at La Feria de Chapultepec, an adventure park in Mexico City, at the beginning of last year. This is one of the many strategies that complete the model of business, social work and growth of this theme park.
The installment of the Biorecyclable Machines at “La Feria” (as it’s known by the locals) will allow the recycled material stored in them to transform into a donation to the trust fund “Pro Bosque de Chapultepec” (in favor of the Chapultepec forest). This trust fund is mainly focused on the preservation of the last standing forest in Mexico City; so that in a near future it will become a sustainable theme park and so it will create a positive impact in the ecological conservation of the city.
If you enter recyclable materials in any of the machines located at La Feria the money that you would generally get in different discounts and promotions would go to the trust fund previously mentioned. So currently you have two options to contribute by using these machines.
The machines work in the following way: they separate the recyclable residues by storing them in different compartments by the material they are made of because these machines are programmed in a specific way that allow them to differentiate the many materials of the various residues deposited in them. Then they compress these residues up to 92% less of their original size so that they can be stored in the right place. For the moment, these machines are only accepting PET and aluminum materials.
Personally I haven’t used these machines but I’m very curios and exited at the same time because this is a big step regarding environmental issues in Mexico City. I really do hope one day these machines will be accessible to everyone in many places.