Keeping in mind Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat scheme, the Indian Railways have come up with a 'Swachh Bharat Recycle Machine', which is a bottle/can recycling machine at the Churchgate railway station in Mumbai.
With this coming into action, used plastic bottles and cans lying around in the railway station may now be a thing of the past becase people are about to recycle!
“The first machine, which is as big as a refrigerator, was set up at the Churchgate station on World Environment Day on June 5. We plan to put such machines at 10 stations namely Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra (local), Bandra terminus, Santacruz, Andheri, Goregaon, Borivali and Bhayandar,” Mukul Jain, Western Railways Divisional Railway Manager told FE Online. It is said that five hundred plastic bottles per day can be recycled with one machine which costs Rs. 7lakh and it will only accept the ones with an authentic bar code. Users will get an instant discount when recyling used containers thus encouraging them to recycle more.
When the bottle is accepted by the machine, three options on the screen will appear — donation, mobile recharge and discount from an outlet with which the machine-provider has tied up for discounts. The user can select either option and a printout will be issued.
The recycled bottles will be supplied to fibre-manufacturing companies to be used for clothes, carpets and grocery bags.
Great move, India! We’re all proud.