Rotary Club of Nasik Grapecity, D 3030, has installed a plastic bottle crushing machine near Goddess Saptashrungi temple at Vani, 60 km from Nashik. Located in the middle of seven hills, the temple attracts thousands of devotees through the year and keeping the surroundings plastic-free is a herculean task, says Jyotika Pai, former secretary of the club.
The club bought the crushing machine for ₹60,000 from a private firm in Delhi. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the temple site and was happy to see the plastic crushing machine installed by the club. “He was happy to note that we are taking steps to preserve the environment,” she says.
With a capacity to hold 100 one-litre plastic bottles and a weight of 100 kg, the crushing unit can shred 15–20 bottles an hour under a power supply of 220 volts. “The temple officials are happy that they are now able to maintain the premises litter-free and clean,” says Alka Singh, IPP of the club. The shredded plastic will be sent for recycling by the temple authorities. Moreover, the equipment has become an attraction with villagers who are making full use of the facility.