Hyderabad, Jun 28: South Central Railways has installed huge machines capable of crushing and recycling plastic bottles at four stations in Kachiguda, Secunderabad, Nizamabad, and Vijayawada. The initiative has been launched in a bid to protect the environment. Also Read - Mahila Congress to Distribute 25 Lakh Sanitary Napkins For Migrant Workers' Use in Shramik Special Trains

Chief Public Relations Officer of South Central Railways, Uma Shankar told news agency ANI, “The aim to install these machines is to protect the environment. If any passenger wants to throw the plastic water bottle they can put into this machine where it will crush the water bottle.” Also Read - Coronavirus: Amid Lockdown, Telangana Woman Rides Scooty to Bring Back Son From Andhra Pradesh

These machines are the size of a refrigerator. They have the capacity to crush around 5000 bottles per day. The crushed bottles come out as fine plastic pieces, ready to be sold as scrap in the market or can be reused to make bags and t-shirts. Also Read - Chhattisgarh Forest Department Recycles Waste Plastic Bottles to Plant and Grow Saplings

It is not uncommon to see people littering the railway stations. Most of the waste is non-biodegradable and extremely harmful to the environment. Banning plastics is the need of the hour. To battle the plastic menace, the Indian Railways have introduced several initiatives to spread awareness.

On World Environment Day, the South Western Railways installed plastic bottle crushers at many railway stations such as KSR City Station, Yeshwantpur Station, Cantonment Station and Krishnarajpuram Station that falls under the Bengaluru division.

At Vadodara railway station, the railway authorities have set up bottle crushers wherein the machine offers money in return for plastics. This unique initiative aims at discouraging people from littering the stations. Passengers earn up to Rs 5 by feeding the machine with a plastic bottle.