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Vending machines to change in Grand Canyon National Park
29 Dec 2011

The vending machines situated within the Grand Canyon National Park are to undergo some changes in order to make them more environmentally-friendly.

As of early 2012, users will no longer be able to purchase disposable plastic bottles of beverages as part of a plan by park officials to keep the ecosystem sustainable.

There is also to be a review of water availability, health and safety by the National Park Service (NPS).

Officials have already been trying to get visitors to fill their own reusable canisters with water to save on plastic, but it is hoped this new move will cut down litter and the use of natural resources even more.

Currently, 30 per cent of park waste is made up of plastic water bottles.

According to the NPS, almost five million people see the mile-deep Grand Canyon every year, with the majority overlooking it from the south rim.

Park authorities could consider bringing in vending machines that use contactless smart cards for payment, as it may cut down on maintenance and reduce the likelihood of vandalism occurring.

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