A vending machine that feeds stray animals in return for recyclable bottles and cans.
Turkish company creates a clever way of getting people to recycle and help strays at the same time
This is"Pugedon" – an Eco-friendly vending machine that delivers a portion of food for Istanbul’s stray cats and dogs in return for empty drinks bottles. The machine pays for itself too! Profits made from the recycled bottles cover the cost of the pet food and the whole thing is solar powered, making it environmetnally friendly.
In Istanbul around 150,000 dogs are without owners
Istanbul has a high number of stray cats and dogs, many of which have no regular source of nourishment. It is thought that there are around 150,000 dogs without owners in the city.
Each station both feeds and waters strays
Each station has two insertion holes; one for the recyclable plastic bottles, metal cans and carton containers, the other for any water the plastic bottles may contain. Every time a plastic bottle or can is deposited into the hole, the unit releases some food to the feeding container below. Water poured down the separate hole goes straight to a container below for the animals to drink.
Killing two birds with one stone
In an interview with Der Spiegel, the inventor of the machine, Engin Girgin, said ‘My primary goal was to make people see that they don’t have to spend any money to help stray dogs. And I also wanted to show that people can do good deeds with things they would normally throw away.’
He continued – ‘At the same time, of course, I know that we don’t give much priority to recycling here in Turkey. In my opinion, this has to change. So I basically killed two birds with one stone.’Though local residents had initailly feared these food boxes may lead to parts of the city being overrun with packs of hungry dogs, that has not turned into an issue. All the dogs tend to have their own territory, and rarely leave for extended periods, even for food.’
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