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Reverse vending machine for plastics launched at Islamabad

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Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam has unveiled reverse vending machine for plastics in the capital. 

On Saturday, SAPM unveiled the first of its kind reverse vending machine (RVM) for plastics at Jinnah Super Market, Islamabad. It will make convenient for people to recycle plastic, Plastic bottles of any brand can be used in the machine.

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The reverse vending machine (RVM) itself is like a vending machine in reverse. Consumers just need to press the start button on a touch screen and the machine will open up a slot to receive the plastic bottle. Once deposited, the RVM compresses the bottle so that it is ready for the next steps of recycling. 

After it gets crushed to be recycled, the machine will give you a coupon of Rs.100 incentive i.e. discount of purchase from KFC.

It is part of the strategy of the government and intent to take meaningful steps towards undertaking the issue of plastic waste and fixed by a company PepsiCo. 

Moreover, earlier the company announced the largest plastics collection and recycling project in the country under the Prime Minister’s Clean Green Pakistan programme. Whereas, later, the firm announced more than amplifying its prevailing targets for plastic collection and recycling.

It will scale up its existing 4,750 tons plastics collection programme by adding another 5,500 tons making a total of 10,250 tons of plastics to be collected and recycled in 2021. 

Mr Aslam said: “All of us will have to work together to truly address the plastic issue. The RVM machine is a way of making that connection with the public and encouraging them to recycle.”

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