What is RVM??
A reverse vending machine (RVM) is a recycling machine that allows consumers to directly dispose, used empty PET bottles in the machine, which is than taken into eco-friendly, recycle chain.
GEM, as a pilot project installed 10 RVM machine in Delhi/NCR like NCU college Gurgaon, societies in DLF 5 Gurgaon, KV school in sector 14 Gurgaon, Ridgewood society Gurgaon, Regency park Gurgaon, City Mall Gurgaon, Sai Apartments Delhi, PGDAV college Delhi, Delhi Zoo, and Mannat Dhaba Sonepat with the joint efforts of other NGO Hand Care Foundation.
By using these machines GEM were able to collect ~2.5 tones of PET scrap which amounts to PET bottle collection of around 230 bottles per 8 hours of RVM operation.
The PET bottles collected were sent to Rudrapur plant of Ganesha Ecosphere where they were recycled to produce RPSF (Recycled Polyester Staple Fiber) and yarn. A total ~2.3 tone of polyester yarn was produced by recycling of these PET bottles.
Further to promote awareness of PET recycling and RVM’s GEM organized various activities such as recycle games (snake and ladder, Golf). In addition posters and banners explaining RVM concept and recycling were also installed at the RVM site.
GEM got huge appreciation for our efforts to promote PET recycling despite of many challenges and thus we decided to take it to larger platform to study its viability.
Association with GEM:
Earth initiative observed the GEM passion towards environment by taking initiative of pilot project of 10 RVM in delhi/NCR. Earth initiative got motivated from the success and positive response from the public for the pilot project. Earth initiative planned to scale it further by taking this model to the masses, therefore Earth Initiative joined the hands with GEM to make India clean and green by installing more 30 RVM’s in Delhi/ NCR in its first phase to collect the waste in organized manner with the authenticated data.
Planned to place these 30 RVM in the Gurugram urban area to study its feasibility in terms of operational cost. Also want to spread its awareness with full strength, so every person in that locality knows that this type of system exits for disposing their waste and also they use it.
It will further help us to study the consumer behavior in regards to RVM and more needed to scale it up.
In future it is planned to replicate this model of organized collection in other metro cities and at pan India level.
This type of model will also create infrastructure for other types of waste collection in organized and segregated manner which itself will promote recycling practices.