To tackle the trash menace in Thane, authorities have come up with a brilliant idea. To coax citizens to dispose of their rubbish responsibly, Maharashtra’s Thane City will start giving goodies to citizens.
According to a report in The Times of India, the Municipal Corporation of Thane plans to give residents free gold coins, for using its newly-installed hi-tech roadside garbage bin. Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal is guiding the initiative to install 200 hi-tech bins in the city in the next one year. These bins will give out prizes in exchange for garbage.
‘TechBins’ will give out a unique code, every time a user deposits waste in it. Simply download the TechBin application from the iOS or Android application stores, and register. Visit the nearest tech bin, and drop your dry or wet waste in it. Then, send the unique code that the bin flashes to the number mentioned. Then, wait for discount offers to be sent to you, via e-mail or phone. Register just once, and perform multiple transactions.
The bins have been developed by Bhandup-based Asian Gallant, a company also responsible for the maintenance of these bins for the next decade. The company will approach local vendors and shopkeepers to get the goodies at a discounted rate to give away to TechBin users.
These bins have a carrying capacity of around 300 litres, allowing them to accommodate 190 cubic metres of wet and dry waste. The bins are capable of carrying out internal waste segregation and will be located at prime spots like bus stops, malls, markets, commercial areas and cinema halls.
The project is being divided into phases, and according to Phase 1, 30 bins will be installed by the end of June 2018. A test run of the project was carried out, inaugurated by commissioner Jaiswal, at Pokhran 1, on June 13th.
TechBin comes at a timely moment–Thane ranked low on the nationwide Swacch Sarvekshan Survey, and slipped several ranks, from 17th pace in 2016, to 116th place, in 2017. Activists are concerned that these TechBins might lure citizens from other places to dump their trash in Thane. However, as a strategy to combat the littering issue, the TechBins have been well-strategised, by providing an incentive to responsible citizens!
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(Edited by Shruti Singhal)