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Used plastic water bottles a ticket to bus ride in Surabaya

Surabaya's go-green efforts include bus travel that passengers 'pay' for in recycled water bottles. It has proven so popular that extra services are planned.

SURABAYA (EAST JAVA) • Trading company employee Ari Fatah has no qualms about picking up plastic bottles from the streets of his home town.

In fact, he always makes sure to carry a shopping bag that he knows can fit in at least three large-sized bottles.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 25, 2018, with the headline 'Used plastic water bottles a ticket to bus ride'. Subscribe