As part of its go green initiative, Tiruchi Corporation has installed a plastic bottle (polyethylene terephthalate) machine at Central Bus Stand.
Under the initiative, passengers must drop empty bottles into the machine placed on a platform. Upon disposal, the passengers will have an option: donation or water.
Donation denotes that they do not expect anything for disposing of the used bottle into the machines. If they choose ‘water’, they will get 350 ml of drinking water. In addition, provision has been made for fast recharge and ordinary recharge.
The refrigerator-sized machine can collect 400 bottles a day. It will be frequently cleared daily, and crushed and sold to vendors for recycling. It has been installed at an estimated cost of ₹1.5 lakh.
“We aim at transforming Central Bus Stand as one of the greenest in the region, and the plastic bottle recycling machine is a part of the endeavour. We will ensure the passengers use the machine well,” said N. Ravichandran, Commissioner, Tiruchi Corporation, who inaugurated the machine on Sunday.
It has been estimated that the workers employed at Central Bus Stand collect about 5,000 used plastic bottles a day, the civic chief pointed out.
The machine reaches its capacity every one hour. Hence, the workers have been asked to clear the machine after every hour.
One more machine will be installed at the bus stand. It has been decided to instal the machine at Chathiram Bus Stand and Srirangam also. A few leading traders have come forward to sponsor the machines, Mr. Ravichandran added.