Reliance sets up used PET bottle reverse vending machine in Mumbai

Energy and petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has set up a used PET bottle reverse vending machine (RVM) at the Sahakari Bhandar store near Siddhivinayak Temple at Prabhadevi here.
The facility was inaugurated by Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray today, a press release from RIL said.
RIL, one of the largest recyclers of used PET bottles in India, has started this initiative to keep the city and country clean, restricting the PET bottles from going into the landfill, it said.
The release said the company had firmed up plans to install more such machines at 12 different Reliance Retail’s Reliance SMART and Sahakari Bhandar stores in Mumbai before World Environment Day on June 5.
To encourage people to bring empty PET bottles and put it into vending machines, these machines will be equipped to dispense discount coupons when a person puts in PET bottle for shredding.
RIL will collect the shredded PET bottles and send it to its PET recycling facilities at Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh and Hoshiarpur, Punjab, where the world’s greenest Recron GreenGold fibres are being manufactured.
Reliance Industries, the owner of brand R|Elan GreenGold, is one of the largest recyclers of PET bottles in India, recycling 2.2 billion PET bottles a year, the release said.
The R|Elan GreenGold fabric, made from recycled PET, substantially reduces the emission of greenhouse gases, and cuts down on water usage as well. The fabric is made from pre-dyed fibres that do not require much water. Whatever little water is required, 90% of it is recycled.   
"RIL is the only company in the world that has built a complete circle – right from creation of PET Resin for bottles, and collection of discarded bottles to converting them to Recron GreenGold eco-friendly polyester fibre, which in turn is converted to R|Elan GreenGold fabric for the manufacture of high-fashion apparels," the release added.
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