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Pittsburgh 7-Eleven Stores First To Offer Area Dream Machine Recycling

Residents will now be able to recycle on-the-go at area 7-Eleven Handee Marts.

Convenience just got a little more convenient–at least for those living in the Pittsburgh area.  Now when you stop by a 7-Eleven Handee Mart for a can or bottle of soda, you can also take care of your recycling at a PepsiCo Dream Machine kiosk. So clean out that backseat floorboard.

PepsiCo announced the partnership with 7-Eleven Handee Mart Tuesday at a Cranberry Township event to kick off the recycling initiative.  The Dream Machine is now available at more than 20 7-Eleven Handee Mart locations in Pittsburgh, with plans to add more machines later this year.

Watch a video on the installation of the first Dream Machine at a 7-Eleven Handee Mart from CBS.

The Dream Machine allows consumers to quickly recycle aluminum cans and plastic bottles through a computerized kiosk. Users then receive immediate rewards for that recycling by getting points that can be redeemed for real-world items like gift certificates and coupons.

But the Dream Machine doesn’t stop there.  By recycling at a Dream Machine, PepsiCo will make a donation to the Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities, a program that helps veterans learn to start their own businesses.

The Dream Machine recycling initiative, created by PepsiCo in partnership with Waste Management, Greenopolis and Keep America Beautiful, is introducing thousands of recycling kiosks and bins at popular public locations across North America.

About Sebrina Zerkus Smith

Professional writer, foodie. Lupus survivor. Loves pugs, wine, days at the beach and good movies. Takes recycling seriously, but not much else. Sebrina Zerkus Smith is a Southern Gal that has been scratching the writer’s itch for nearly 30 years. Her career began in Washington, D.C., in 1987, fresh out of collage and full of ideals. While plying her trade by day on congressional reps and senators, at night she burned the candle writing features for local newspapers and national magazines. She quickly realized that her southern upbringing gave her a unique and humorous voice that resonated with her readers. Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles where she pursued her dream of becoming a novelist and screenwriter. She paid her bills by working as a freelance writer for major marketing projects from studios such as CBS, NBC and Disney. Realizing that the future of writing lay with the internet, she was bitten by the blogging bug back in the 90’s, back before it was even called “blogging.” Then it was still just writing and trying to make a living. Through those early blogging years, Sebrina found passion and purpose. Over the past 10 years she has written articles for clients such as LightCues.com, MatterMore.com, Greenopolis, MacAddict, Yahoo, CNN and more. Today, Sebrina writes about a variety of topics including the Southern Experience, sustainability, clean water, food, gardening, sleep and her obsession with pugs. She is a regular paid contributor to WildOats.com as well as other entities. She now lives in Houston with her husband Jeff and their pug Newton. She hopes one day to complete her opus, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed.


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