Tribune News Service
Amritsar, October 22
Moving the ‘Clean Amritsar Campaign’ launched by the Municipal Corporation (MC) on October 2, a special competition was organised by Amritsar Smart City Limited from 2nd to 8th of October to encourage people in the city to recycle plastic bottles and cold drink cans.
Residents who had used filled the reverse vending machines with maximum items to recycle were honoured by the CEO Smart City and Municipal Commissioner Komal Mittal in a special event. Under the Smart City Mission, reverse vending machines have been installed at Municipal Corporation Office Vishal Mega Mart A-block, B and C-block, market Ranjit Avenue, Amrit Anand park and Rose Garden Ranjit Avenue, Company Bagh, Novelty chowk, Court Complex, Kabir park opposite GNDU University, Amra Talkie chowk, DAV College Hathi Gate, Model Town temple, Kairon market Hall Bazaar, Durgiana Temple, bus stand, Shivala Bhaiya Wala temple, gurudwara Shaheeda Sahib. The competition was organised to promote cleanliness in the city.
In the competition, Arshdeep Singh of Kot Khalsa, Mehak Gandhi of Shivala Colony, Jaspreet Singh of Ranjit Avenue, Ankur Bhatia of E-block and Sunil Kumar of C-block Ranjit Avenue and Rakesh Kumar of Nirankari Colony, inserted most bottles and cans into these machines. They were feted with a exclusive t-shirt made by mixing recycled plastic and cotton.
Mittal said that other residents should also take inspiration from them and cooperate to make the city clean and plastic free. Meanwhile, Mehak, one of the champions, said that even a common person can play a role to reduce global warming with small measures like using less plastic and recycling more. On the other hand, Arshdeep said that people should use these machines often to keep the city clean and plastic-free.
“Total of 20 machines had been installed in the city in August for recycling plastic bottles and cold drink cans. So far, a total of 2,400 plastic bottles and cans have been put into the machine for recycling by the people. The lion’s share had been noted at the bus stand, where 458 bottles and cans have been added to the machine for recycling. People should use these machines regularly. Apart from this, they also get discount coupons and products like clothes, shoes etc. that are made by recycled items,” CEO Smart City said.
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