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Posted on : Thursday 7th of June 2018

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New Delhi: Taking yet another green initiative, Indian Railways has installed bottle crushers at the Vadodara Railway Station to minimise plastic waste.

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Indian Railways this week took another green initiative by deciding to do away with polymer plates and instead serve meals to the passengers on disposable plates made of eco-friendly bagasse.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had tweeted:

On World Environment Day, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) launched its trial run of environment-friendly, bagasse-based food packaging on eight select Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains originating from New Delhi.

The IRCTC will now use bagasse -- the fibrous remains after extracting sugarcane juice -- to make disposable cutlery and containers, in which meals will be served.

"A Small Step to Beat Plastic Pollution: On #WorldEnvironmentDay, Indian Railways has started using fully biodegradable packages in 4 Shatabdi and 4 Rajdhani trains from Delhi, contributing towards a greener planet (sic)," Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted:

"Provision will be made to collect the used packaging, which will then be processed for disposal through composting to ensure environmental sustainability," an IRCTC statement said.

The railways aims to introduce the bagasse-based packaging on all the Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duranto trains in the coming months.

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