MUMBAI: Impressed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s idea of Swachh Bharat (Clean India), a Delhi-based executive has come up with the idea of portable bins.
Abhishek Marwaha, who works with an international travel company, has designed portable bins and has named them Swachh Bins. The washable bin enables the carrier to dump garbage into the bin and close the lid with a zip. The bins could be useful while travelling. “For a car driver, a car owner or a car passenger, keeping the banana peel or orange peel inside the car is troublesome. They are bound to throw such trash on the roads. The Swachh Bin is a solution to their genuine problem,” Marwaha said.
He also has designed tiny pouches with zip for the paan-chewers. “Whenever they want to spit the paan they could use the pouch. No one can stop people from chewing paan, but we can at least provide them a mechanism and option so that they don’t make public places filthy,” he said.
Marwaha has planned to introduce the bins and pouches first in the state capital. The pouches available at a price of 35 paise each will be provided to rickshaw and taxi drivers in the city. “We will urge them to keep the pouches inside the vehicles and request their passengers to use it instead of spitting on the roads. The pouches could be used only once and are made up of degradable material,” he said.
According to Marwaha, he got the idea of portable bins when he noticed that the public participation in the Swachh Bharat campaign was yet to gather steam. The campaign is still restricted to brooms on the roads. “I want to bring in a change to the people’s behaviour. I believe that channelising the habit of littering can bring about a significant change in their behaviour,” he said.
He is working on the cleanliness project simultaneously with his office work. He has invested around Rs 1.50 lakh, the bonus his company paid him, on the project. “I need to travel a lot and meet a lot of clients. I can complete most of my office work online too. So I could spare some time for the cleanliness project,” he said.