Reverse Vending Machines: A Potential Solution for the Florida Plastic Waste Management Challenge

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Env Policy Mgmt

Organizational Unit

University College, Environmental Policy and Management


Environmental Policy & Mgmt

First Advisor

Kenneth Knox


Beverage containers, Recycling, Florida, Florida plastic bottle, PET, Plastic bottle consumption, Plastic bottle recovery, Plastic bottle recycling rate, Plastic bottle waste, Plastic bottles, Plastics, Polyethylene terephthalate, Reverse vending machines, Waste management


The waste of plastic beverage bottles creates environmental problems and takes up a large volume of landfill space. The high rate of consumption of plastics in the State of Florida is challenging the disposal capacity of waste authorities. The lack of the reverse vending machines in the State of Florida, including applicable scientific or technical literature represented an opportunity for this research to discuss the applicability of this equipment as a potential solution for the management of the plastic waste in Florida. With this research document, I will propose a recycling system for plastic bottles made with PET based on the implementation of reverse vending machines, stressing the importance of the creation of policies that promote recycling and public participation.

Publication Statement

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