A petrol pump located in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan has taken a unique initiative to reduce single use plastic . Under this, those who deposit empty plastic pouches and bottles at the pump are being given a rebate of Re 1 per liter on petrol and 50 paise per liter on diesel.
This unique offer has been introduced to create awareness among people against pollution caused by single use plastic.
The goal is to make Bhilwara free from polythene and plastic
The petrol pump owner has also tied up with local dairies to get empty milk pouches so that these can also be disposed of.
Ashok Kumar Mundra, owner of Chhaganlal Bagtavarmal petrol pump, was quoted by news agency PTI as saying, “I have started this campaign to spread awareness against the use of plastic and polythene.”
He said that he wants Bhilwara to be free from polythene and plastic to save the environment.
What is the whole process?
Mundra had launched this three-month initiative on July 15, in which a person bringing an empty one liter milk bag or two half-liter sachets or one liter water bottle at a petrol pump to avail the discount on petrol and diesel . Coupon is given.
These pouches are collected at the petrol pump and given to Saras Dairy for disposal.
The petrol pump owner has also got the support of the local administration and traders for the campaign.
Bhilwara-based Saras Dairy has promised to transport all empty pouches from the petrol pump to the disposal site. Under this, the empty pouches and bottles collected at the petrol pump will later be buried in a nearby land owned by Mundra.
This dairy brand disposal is also collecting single use plastic in support of the campaign.
Storage of plastic pouch has been less than expected
So far, the petrol pump has received around 700 empty pouches of milk. While these are much lower than Mundra’s estimate, he said he expected at least 10,000 plastic pouches a month. This number has been quite low. The number of customers at the petrol pump is also less during the monsoon season . According to the owner, plans are being made to extend this campaign for another six months.
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