Similar to bottle deposit train tickets and plastic payment promotions, this public transport credit initiative in Colombia allows people to trade recycled plastic for their own benefit. In Medellin, Ciclo encourages people to bring in their waste plastic in return for a top up for their travelcard. Designated drop off areas will be located around Medellin and in stations.
This environmentally friendly program particularly benefits low wage earners who rely on public transportation as well as regular commuters who are interested in saving money on travel expenses. Ciclo founders Miguel Uribe and Luis Felip Restrepo note the arrangement helps those earning minimum wage, as they typically spend over 15% of their income on transportation costs. The transport credit system also addresses the low percentage (25%) of recycling that occurs for the 180 tonnes of PET plastic used in Colombia annually.