1. Indian Railways’ goes green: Installs bottle recycling machine at Mumbai’s Churchgate station

Indian Railways’ goes green: Installs bottle recycling machine at Mumbai’s Churchgate station

Giving boost to PM Modi's 'Swachh Bharat' scheme, Indian Railways has put up a 'Swachh Bharat Recycle Machine', which is a bottle/can recycling machine at the Churchgate railway station in Mumbai.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 10, 2016 11:29 AM
indian railways, indian railways swachh bharat, swachh bharat indian railways, mumbai churchgate Indian Railway Swachh Bharat abhiyaan: “The first machine, was set up at the Churchgate station, Mumbai on World Environment Day on June 5. (Photo: Western Railways)

Giving a boost to PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ scheme, Indian Railways has put up a ‘Swachh Bharat Recycle Machine’, which is a bottle/can recycling machine at the Churchgate railway station in Mumbai. With this initiative used plastic water bottles on tracks may become a thing of the past.

“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.

500 bottles in a day can be crushed with one machine and it will only accept bottles/cans with authentic bar codes. Users will get an instant ‘reward’ when recyling used containers, motivating repeated use, said Jain.

“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,” Jain explained.

indian railways, indian railways swachh bharat, swachh bharat indian railways, mumbai churchgate, Swachh Bharat recycle machine (Photo: Western Railways)

Jain also told FE Online that no money was spent by the Western Railway to install the machine. Infact, this machine can help add revenue to the Indian Railways by letting them advertise on the side panels and the LED screen. “With advertising on just one machine, the Railways can add Rs 2,20,000,” he said. “With these machines, cleanliness can be maintained at the stations, helping PM’s Swacch Bharat project and revenue for railways can be churned out,” he added.

The machines are being provided by Wockhardt Foundation. “The cost of one machine is Rs 7 lakh,” Sarah Tantary, Programme & Business development Manager, Wockhardt Foundation said.

However, Wockhardt is still in talks with various corporates to tie up for rewards. Sarah Tantary said, “Talks are on with Reliance Jio and outlets like Dominos, McDonalds.”

indian railways, indian railways swachh bharat, swachh bharat indian railways, mumbai churchgate, Swachh Bharat recycle machine (Photo: Western Railways)

The recycled bottles will be supplied to fibre-manufacturing companies to be used for clothes, carpets and grocery bags, Tantary added.

Under Swachh Bharat Recycle Machine, we want to recycle every plastic bottle and make India sustainable for the future generations, said Dr.Huz, CEO, Wockhardt Foundation.

Western Railway has selected the stations based on footfalls and as long-distance trains operate from some of them.

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    Bhawe
    Mar 5, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    How many such machines are there in mumbai stations in March 2017 ?
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    1. Vishvesh Waran
      Feb 11, 2017 at 5:21 am
      Go green !!
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        Sanjay
        Jun 14, 2016 at 7:19 am
        Innovative
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          Art
          Jul 5, 2016 at 3:19 am
          good idea
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            Jana
            Jun 21, 2016 at 5:46 am
            Y no coverage of this in msm...
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              Akhilesh Sahu
              Jun 20, 2016 at 3:55 pm
              बहुत ही अच्छी शुरुआत है ।इसके साथ में यदि बीच-बीच में लॉटरी की तरह कोई बड़ा इनाम दिया जाए तो लोग और ज्यादा उत्साहित होंगे ।
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                Guruvayurappan
                Jul 2, 2016 at 11:53 am
                What is this 'authentic bar codes' on the bottles? Now will all mineral water suppliers etc. be asked to put this code on their bottles? Anyway a wonderful idea.
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                  Guruvayurappan
                  Jul 2, 2016 at 11:55 am
                  Wonderful and innovative, but what is this 'authentic bar code'? And will all mineral water manufacturers etc. be asked to incorporate this code in their bottles?
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                  1. Rohan Malik
                    Jun 28, 2016 at 6:25 am
                    if my swachh bharat cess is going in implementing these innovative stuff which i always wondered why is it not available in India.. i don't mind :)
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                      Sandipa
                      Oct 8, 2016 at 9:33 am
                      very good initiativecan i get the circuit for this particular system?
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                        sanjay
                        Jul 5, 2016 at 11:36 am
                        What is your opinion? it is a super plan to reduce a waste
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