Jun 9, 2018

Railways’ New Offer: Drop Plastic Bottle in Crusher & Get 5 in Return!

How many of us casually throw plastic water bottles in random places, inside railway stations? The thought probably stems from the feeling “I am leaving this, but someone else will pick it up.”

Well now, you can dispose of plastic bottles responsibly and what’s more—earn money while doing so. According to a report in the Financial Express, the South Western Railway, in an effort to remove the ‘scourge’ of plastic waste, has set up bottle crushers at many railway stations under the Bengaluru division including the KSR City Station, Yeshwantpur Station, Cantonment Station and Krishnarajpuram Station.

RS Saxena, the Divisional Railway Manager (Bengaluru Railway Division), inaugurated the facility at the KSR Railway Station, on World Environment Day. He mentioned that the Railways has tied up with a private firm, to set up automatic bottle crushing machines in major railway stations across Bengaluru division. This step is to prevent travellers from throwing used plastic bottles on the tracks, or in the station premises.

South Western Railway’s Mysuru Railway Station, and the railway stations of Ahmedabad, Pune and Mumbai, already have these bottle crushing machines.

The machine is the size of a refrigerator and can crush around 5000 bottles daily. Once the bottles are dropped inside the machine, they will be completely crushed and released as fine plastic pieces. The crushed plastic can be sold as scrap in the market, or, as in the case of the Western Railway Zone, used to make bags and t-shirts.

Source - India Today 

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