A Hyderabad-based company, Ramky Reclamation and Recycling Limited, has started removing empty plastic bottles littered in Sabarimala.

The company has already deployed workers to collect bottles littered at the pilgrim centre, says Mr. Ramesh Satyam, project co-ordinator.

According to him, the quantum of littered bottles of soft drinks and mineral water left in Sabarimala during the annual pilgrimage season is said to be 32 to 50 tonne.

Another rough estimate suggests a generation of two to three tonne bottle waste every day at Sabarimala and the company is planning to remove them to its Coimbatore plant on a daily basis, he said.

Mr. Ramesh said the project was launched by the company chairman, Ayodhya Rami Reddy, a staunch Ayyappa devotee.