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New Delhi Municipal Council launches initiative for recycling of waste

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The Times of India
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New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has installed smart vending machines for recyclable waste at Connaught Place and India Gate. The smart machines give monetary reward to anyone who disposes waste like plastic, glass bottle and papers.

The project is under the smart city project and the machines will be made functional in a couple of days as they are still being tested.

NDMC chairman Naresh Kumar said that last year the council had installed its first smart vending machine in Connaught Place. The newly installed ones have more features compared to the earlier one.

"The concept is to give people something in return for disposing waste. It is important to segregate the waste and this is the smart way of doing it. Anyone can dispose plastic bottles, glass bottles and papers, and will get Re 1, Rs 2 and Re 1 respectively in return. For bigger bottles people will receive Rs 3 and for plastic bags, they will get Re 1 per bag ," said Kumar.

Kumar also said that the machines are linked to e-wallets and money will be transferred there directly.

"While disposing any waste in the machine, people will have to register with their e-wallets which is only a two-minute procedure and money will be transferred into the e-wallet," said Kumar.

Kumar clarified that the machines are linked with e-wallets because they have additional features and allow people to buy movie tickets, local DTC bus tickets, Volvo tickets, transfer money, recharge, book parking, cabs and pay bills as well. "The machine has numerous features. It has free Wi-Fi, which allows people to book train tickets, platform tickets and book hotels too. Even NDMC 311 bills can be paid through MaxPay wallet," he said.

One can also enter Aadhaar card or thumb impression to open bank accounts or purchase sim cards, get doctor's appointment and pay school fees with the machine.

However, these vending machines are still being tested before being functional to all. NDMC has installed four such machines across Connaught Place and one at India Gate.

Kumar added that more such machines will be installed across NDMC area after reviewing the new ones.

Author: sustainabilityoutlook