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Bins that treat your canine pets to a meal

Soon you could treat your canine pets to a meal by just getting rid of your plastic bottles and cans. Delhi parks will have solar-powered recycling bins which would offer dog food and water to its users. The Capital will be the first city to have this innovative facility.

The concept -- implemented in the U.S., Russia, Turkey, and so on – is an incentive to people who dispose of non-biodegradable wastes like plastic bottles and cans inside bins. The bins will be installed by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) in association with Pugedon Asia, the company that designed it.

In the first phase, 20 bins will be installed at 5 places -- Lodhi Garden, Satya Marg (Chanakyapuri), Golf Link, Talkatora Garden and Nehru Park.

“This is a free model which means these bins do not require electricity and are totally unmanned. A person has to insert a plastic bottle, juice or cold drink can and s/he would get dog food in return. During morning and evening hours, a lot of people come with their pets to NDMC gardens. Locations have been identified based on the residents living around it,” said Nikhil Kumar, Secretary, NDMC. The facility would be launched by July-end.

The machine can take 800 units of plastic bottles and cans. It is fitted with sensors and led lights which would display when the bin is full.

“There are three bins inside the machine – one for plastic waste, another 20-litre water tank and the third is the food bin. The sensors automatically drop kibbles and water when anyone throws the waste inside. The NDMC is giving us the space and we are installing these facilities for free,” explained Madhuresh Singh and Sangdrema Khrimey, founders of Pugedon Asia. The bottles are then sold to recycling companies, they added.