A whopping six tonnes of crushed plastic has been recovered in the last two months from the recycling machines installed by the Western Railway.
The plastic bottle recycling machines were set up by the WR with help from the Wockhardt Foundation. Five tonnes of crushed plastic was collected from the machines put up at Churchgate, Bandra and Andheri stations while the machines at Santacruz, Goregaon and Borivali yielded one tonne. 2100 citizens chose the 'donation' option on the machines and put in 42 kilograms of plastic bottles into them.
The first recycling machine was put up at Churchgate station on 5 June 2016, on the occasion of World Environment Day, in an effort to curb the practice of throwing empty bottles on railway tracks. The overwhelming response to the initiative encouraged the WR to set up another at Churchgate and two at Andheri, and one each at Mumbai Central, Bandra, Santacruz, Goregaon, and Borivali.
The crush thus accumulated is passed on to a fibre company which creates T-shirts out of the material. Project consultant Harish Karande told Mumbai Live that the T-shirts thus made would be distributed among less privileged children in the city by the Wockhardt Foundation.