If you are upset about the additional recycling cess you are paying on plastic PET bottles in Maharashtra, we have some good news for you!
The state government, as part of its ambitious plastic ban project, has directed PET bottle manufacturers and recyclers to set up PET bottle collection machines in over 100 popular spots across Mumbai in the next 15 days.
Speaking to the Times of India, President of the PET Packaging Association for Clean Environment (PACE), Vimal Kedia, ensured that the collection facilities would be set up in the selected 100 spots in the next two weeks.
Each of these machines cost over Rs 4.5 lakh apiece, and they cost will be borne by the association, he clarified.
These locations have been marked based on their footfall.
Of the 100 spots, the most known locations include the Gateway of India, Girgaum Chowpatty, Juhu beach, ten railway stations, bus stands, malls and cinema halls.
The state government had previously asked all manufacturers of PET bottles to ensure that these bottles come back to them as ‘extended producers responsibility’ for recycling purposes. This was ensured by manufacturers pressurising retailers, who in turn pushed customers to return these bottle after use.
The setting up of these PET bottle collection machines will be one step forward to ensure that the manufacturers make it easy for the consumers to drop their empty bottles.
Customers will also get discount coupons or the refundable recycling charge they pay during the time of purchase of the bottles.
“These machines will be important points where citizens can drop of their bottles. Most of the consumers will not bother to go back to the seller to dispose of these bottles, and these collection points will be key to ensure that the bottles are collected and taken back,” Sachin Sharma of Gem Enviro Management told TOI.
(Edited By Vinayak Hegde)