The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) soon plans to install more than 500 plastic bottle-crushing machines across the city, to help in implementation of the ban.
More than 30 lakh plastic bottles are circulated in the city on a daily basis. The machines, which the civic body will obtain through corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds for free, will be installed at tourist spots, gardens, markets and other areas with higher footfall. All wards have been directed to identify spots where the machines should be installed. Public places in A ward (Fort, Colaba, Nariman Point), which have higher footfall compared to other wards, will get more machines. Spots such as Gateway of India and Marine Lines, too, will be included on the list. The machines can crush over 50,000 bottles a day.
Read more of this in a report by Sagar Pillai published in Hindustan Times....
All municipal corporations should make efforts to put such machines to curb the menace of plastic bottles. And as per the above report the funds have been arranged with the CSR programmes of companies. Even voluntary organisations should take this on priority.