275 million metric tons is the amount of plastic waste generated every year worldwide! With our forever growing demands,the amount of non- biodegradable waste generated every year in increasing in multiple folds. This improper waste management leads to various serious issues like pollution, global warming, etc which consequently hamper our growth by causing other problems such as lack of availability of clean drinkable water.
This grave problem was realized by two IITians and thus was born a combined solution to both the problems of improper waste management and unavailability of clean drinking water in the form of a machine called ‘Swachh Machine.’ Final year student of IIT Bombay, Anurag Meena and Satyendra Meena built this machine in just 95 days and can hold upto 8 litres of water. It is capable of providing both room temperature and cold water. Its recycling unit has three parts: one to hold plastic bottles, second to hold aluminum cans and the last one for any other kind of waste that people might want to put into it. To use this machine, the consumer has to put in a used plastic bottle or aluminum can and in return will get 300 ml of RO and UV treated water against it. It also has a 7 inch screen with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth facilities to notify the administrator when the 2 litre volumed recycling unit is 80% full so that the waste can be collected. The waste is compressed to its one-sixth volume to save space and a 1 litre plastic bottle is the maximum it can take at once. The production cost of machine ranges between Rs. 50,000-1, 00,000 and is currently on a test run in Chandigarh and Mumbai. This innovation has reduced the generated plastic waste by 10 kg in the IIT campus itself. The duo received initial funding support for their project from a Chandigarh based startup named Trester.
The company intends to inculcate a culture of cleanliness among people using this machine. Considering that it not just provides safe drinkable water but also reduce non-biodegradable waste, it is a win-win for both the environment and anyone who’s thirsty. It can prove to be a boon, especially for the urban poor. The company is also working hard to ensure that the waste is being recycled properly and is all set to bring about some great changes in how we affect the environment.
Khyati Pathak | TOC
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