In a move that has been welcomed by one and all, milk ATMs have started mushrooming in Odisha. After the state government banned single-use plastic, private companies and government authorities started coming up with these public milk dispensers to do away with plastic sachets.
One such milk vending machine recently came up in Berhampur, located in Ganjam district, with the aim of discouraging people from buying milk pouches. District Collector Amruta Kulange headed the project, which was the outcome of a collaboration between Tata Steel Limited and the Greater Ganjam Gajapati Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union.
At these milk ATMs, a person can insert money as per the amount of milk they require and carry the milk that comes out in a personal container. That means, buyers will have to get containers from their homes, which can be reused multiple times for carrying the fortified milk. This method ensures that the need for a plastic pouch is done away with.
Speaking about the initiative, Kulange said: “Our administration was spreading awareness about the harmful effects of one-time disposable plastic items when people questioned the use of milk pouches. After some research, we decided to install milk ATMs to reduce plastic pouch waste generation.”