As the world makes every effort to go plastic free and reduce plastic waste, the Indian Railways has taken a step forward in this endeavor. A plastic bottle crushing machine has been set up at the Vadodara Railway and bus station.
Under this scheme, all passengers who deposit their used plastic bottles into this machine will not only be doing their duty towards recycling of plastic waste but will also be rewarded with a cashback offer of INR 5 paid into their Paytm wallet. Passengers will have to enter their mobile numbers on the machine for receiving the cashback offer.
This novel initiative is a part of the plan to reduce plastic waste at the station. It also marks World Environment Day on June 5th and is also as per Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi’s announcement to pledge to eliminate all single use plastic in the country by 2022.
The Go-Green drive and efforts to beat plastic pollution has also been extended to premium trains wherein the IRCTC will serve all meals in disposable plates made of bagasse as against the earlier plates made of polymer. These biodegradable food packages will be offered on 4 Shatabdi and 4 Rajdhani trains from Delhi.
The project has been initiated by ONGC Vadodara in association with Socleen, our NGO partner. The initiative will help to reduce land filling and will be recycled. – says Tejbal.
India was the global host on World Environment Day 2018 and the theme this year was “Beat Plastic Pollution”. 18 Indian states have banned use of plastic but implementation continues to post a problem. The focus is primarily on single use plastic which is being dumped into oceans and rivers and animals are dying due to plastic ingestion.