Every year, millions of dollars worth of value on MTA MetroCards is lost or discarded.
MetroChange takes this value and puts it to good use, before cards are discarded. Swipe your MetroCard at a MetroChange kiosk; the value on the card is transferred to a central fund. This fund is donated to a charity once per month. The physical card is taken for recycling.
Since there is usually up to $2 left on MTA Metrocards (partially thanks to the MTA 7% bonus), the overall waste from the leftover money and lost cards accumulates to $52 million a year. MetroChange is designed to raise awareness of this and suggest a platform for channeling the money that people are discarding to serve a good cause.
The day-to-day encounter with the leftover change and later - information, that there is about $52million dollars that are discarded this way yearly in NYC. There should be a way to make people aware of this fact and use this information to change things for the better.