The streets are littered with empty bottles and overrun with hungry dogs, but a company in Istanbul created a way to fix both problems with the help of one innovative machine.
Around 150,000 stray animals live in the city of Istanbul alone, according to The Huffington Post . These animals have adapted to the city and forage for whatever food and water they can get, but are still looking for more care and nutrition.
These machines, a cube-like kiosk, offer a receptacle for empty plastic bottles and a place to pour out any excess water. When a plastic bottle is inserted into the machine, food and water are dispensed at the bottom for homeless pets to consume.
The machine is an easy way for citizens to start recycling more often and offers an instant reward for eco-conscious and compassionate people, and, more importantly, the animals.
According to Big Think , some people are giving the idea a thumbs down, saying that it really won't help the problem of "animal smuggling and illegal pet shops."
Many YouTube users, though, are hoping similar machines come to their cities around the world.