Hyderabad airport takes ‘Swachh Bharat’ initiative to the next level (to install recycling machines)

Hyderabad Airport

Airports are among the most vulnerable places when it comes to spreading of diseases like swine flu, dengue and bird flu. Hence, it is crucial to observe the highest of neatness and hygiene standard at these places. Keeping cleanliness as their topmost priority, GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL) has installed recycling machines at their airport on a pilot basis – thereby becoming the first Indian airport to do so. This project is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ cleanliness campaign.

Wild West Media has provided with two recycling machines, which were commissioned at strategic locations within the airport. This project has been taken up under the airport’s signature #PassengerisPrime programme with the motive to inspire people to contribute towards environmental sustenance.

How it works?
The two recycling machines crush plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, steel and aluminium cans and plastic bags in a eco-friendly way. Passengers have the option to either make a donation or claim a discount coupon in return for putting their empty plastic water bottles, bags and metal cans into the crushing machine.

These refrigerator-sized machines on wheels are able to crush a large number of plastic PET bottles or steel/aluminium cans per day. People can horizontally insert their object(s) into the designated chute, where, the machine senses the object and crushes it instantly. The crushed waste material is then collected for the next stage of recycling. Every machine is manned by a trained professional to assist people in using the machine.

Hyderabad Airport has had a robust waste management programme since its inception in 2008. In fact, the airport are also the first airport to have our own composting plant, which processes the food waste generated at the airport.

-Rahul Kamat