GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL), which operates Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad has announced that it has become the first airport in the country to commence installing innovative machines as a pilot project for crushing plastic PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) bottles, steel/aluminium cans and plastic bags in an eco-friendly way for recycling purposes.
In association with Wild West Media, an agency which is providing these machines, GHIAL has started the pilot with installation of two such machines at strategic locations within the airport. This project is being steered under the umbrella of the airport’s signature #Passengeris Prime programme with the motive to inspire people to contribute towards environmental sustenance.
Passengers will get an option to either make a donation or claim a discount coupon in return for submitting their empty plastic water bottles/bags/metal cans into the crushing machine.
These intelligent, refrigerator-sized machines (approx. 1.8 mt high) on wheels are able to crush a large number of plastic PET bottles or steel/aluminium cans in a day. There are three separate inlets for receiving PET bottles, cans and plastic bags. People can horizontally insert the PET bottle/cans into the designated chute, where, the machine senses the object and crushes it instantly. These crushed waste materials are then collected for next level of recycling and reuse. Every machine is manned by a trained professional to assist people in using the machine.
SGK Kishore, CEO, GHIAL, said, “In line with the honourable Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, we are happy to offer effective recycling opportunity to the passengers and airport community by installing innovative plastic bottles/bag/metal can crushing machines at Hyderabad Airport. We are optimistic that people would feel motivated to use the machines and display their commitment towards the environment.”
Kishore said, “Hyderabad Airport has a robust waste management programme since its inception in 2008. We are also the first airport to have our own composting plant, which processes the food waste generated at the airport. With the addition of Recycling Machines at the airport, we will support this massive movement that seeks to create a Clean India.”