January 30, 2022
28. Jun donates another “Smart Recycling Box” that feed stray dogs to Banja Luka
We donated another vending machine that feeds stray dogs and encourages recycling to the city of Banja Luka. Mayor Drasko Stanivukovic humbled us with his hospitality, and was kind enough to open the first machine of its kind in Bosnia & Hercegovina, with us.
The “Smart Recycling Boxes” are essentially vending machines that dispense dog food and water in exchange for recycled plastic bottles. The bottles are placed into slots at the top of the machine, while food and water is dispensed out of the bottom, making it accessible to stray dogs.
The machines are approximately the size of an ATM and utilize natural energy with the aid of solar panels installed on its top. The machines also contain technology that can provide analytics on usage, as well as monitor levels of food, water and waste.
The vending machines aim to give strays a better life and reduce their hardship on the streets, while also encouraging its users to adopt a healthy recycling habit. The machines operate at no charge to the city, and the recycled bottles cover the cost of the food.