Reverse Vending Machines in Mumbai

by Subhechcha Ganguly

Authorities have put Reverse Vending Machines (RVM) in Mumbai’s international airport as part of their most recent sustainability project and in an effort to raise public awareness of single-use plastic rubbish recycling. Following the test run and success, additional installations are currently being planned throughout the city.450 plastic bottles can be accepted and compressed every hour by each machine. They can easily convey 70% of the waste to recyclers by compressing it, preserving valuable resources, reducing emissions, and lowering transportation and logistical costs.

Users insert plastic bottles into the machines’ interactive 16-inch touch displays to obtain incentive coupons from Zingbus, Myntra, Swiggy, and other companies. To avoid using paper in the process, they are sent through SMS.
The decrease of indirect carbon emissions from producing PET bottles will be one of the extra benefits of the Mumbai airport’s efforts to reach “Net Zero” carbon emissions, according to airport management.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in Mumbai has also been recognised as the “Best Sustainable Airport of the Year” and has received the highest level of certification from the Airport Council International (ACIAirport )’s Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme, earning it the title of only the third airport in the Asia-Pacific region. On the other hand, the installation of RVMs has also been documented in the past in towns like Chandigarh and Rajkot where local administrations brought the technology to India under the influence of foreign governments.

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