Let’s look at the Reverse Vending Machine concept and how it helps us minimize plastic pollution.
1.1 Reverse Vending Machine
What is that?
A Reverse Vending Machine is a technological device that accepts used plastic bottles and beverage containers by people and returns them some amount of money as an incentive.
It is installed in public places to get rid of plastic bottles.
The concept of Reverse Vending Machine serves as a solution to the problem of plastic pollution caused due to products, especially plastic bottles, which are commonly used for storing cold drinks, fruit juices etc.
Reverse Vending Machine process by accepting plastic items and gives coins as a reward according to the weight of plastic items.
Reverse Vending Machine supports only plastic items as an input, coins as an output.
How does It help in Plastic Waste Management?
A Reverse Vending Machine is a low-cost automatic machine that crushes the plastic bottles to a reduced size.
The crushed plastic bottle consumes less energy when it goes to the recycling process.
Benefits of Reverse Vending Machine
Reverse Vending Machines reduce employee work, also saves time and energy.
It reduces landfills and increases recycling.
It generates employment opportunities, especially for rag pickers and recyclers.
RVM in India
ZELENO, a brand of RVM recycle Pvt. Ltd., brings the Reverse Vending Machine to India for the first time.
It allows people to dispose of the PET bottles and, in return, get rewards.
They came up with an awareness of how to dispose of plastic waste properly.
Under the scheme of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, they have installed RVM in 36 cities across India.
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