Chennai Coastal Cleanup/7, June 19th – Post Event Summary

On Sunday morning June 19th more than 5800 volunteers collected 59 tonnes of garbage in Chennai and 12 other cities as part of the 7thyear edition of the Chennai Coastal Cleanup organized by the Chennai Trekking Club.
In Chennai 4500 volunteers from 140 organizations including Corporates, NGOs and other groups segregated 38 tonnes from 20km of beaches from Marina to Uthandi and recycled 56% while the rest moved to the landfill. This is part of an annual awareness campaign to sensitize the public on our growing garbage footprint and the negative impact of plastics on our environment and the need to start segregating at home and say no to single use plastics in order to create a more sustainable future.
In collaboration with the Chennai Coastal Cleanup, 12 other cities including Tirunelveli, Trichy, Yelagiri, Pondichery, Hyderabad, Cumbum, Tuticorin, Coimbatore, Parvathi Valley, Kanyakumari, Cuddalore and Tenkasi 1300 volunteers from 10 NGOs collected 21 tonnes of garbage from rivers, lakes and beaches to take the awareness to a national level.
The event is an initiative by the Chennai Trekking Club in association with The Hindu presented by Casa Grande and powered by Milaap. Associate sponsors: KVB, LifeStraw and Change Our Future.
Over a period of 2 months (May, June) hundreds of volunteers ran 15 awareness initiatives across the city and social media to sensitize the public on the need to avoid single use plastics and reduce our garbage footprint through segregation, recycling and composting. Initiatives included cleanups, flash mobs, wall paintings, #NoPlasticChallenge, community involvement, awareness sessions on segregation and composting, kids drawing competitions, waste 2 wealth workshops and awareness through running/cycling/swimming, zero-green initiative with police department, photography competitions and quizzes.
Chennai Statistics

Region
Glass
Gunny Bags #
RECYCLABLE Garbage-FedEX Bags #
NON-RECYCLABLE Garbage-FedEX Bags #
Volunteers #
Region
Glass
Plastics
Other
Marina
29
38
17
1005
Lighthouse
13
22
41
275
Santhome
21
40
70
865
Foreshore
14
24
33
280
Broken Bridge
17
19
70
375
Besant Nagar
18
19
30
400
Kalakshetra
12
27
41
315
Tiruvanmiyur
9
20
16
150
Kottivakkam
10
4
6
80
Neelankarai
19
17
27
250
Injambakkam
10
14
10
120
Akkarai
3
6
2
75
Panayur
7
5
4
40
Uthandi
17
11
6
80
Keezhkatalai Lake
10
0
25
85
Sembakkam Lake
2
0
4
35
Chithalapakkam Lake
0
0
10
60
Adambakkam Lake
0
0
4
28
Tiruneermalai Lake
0
0
5
15
Total (bags)
211
266
421
4533
Total Garbage
Total (kgs)
10550
10640
16840
38030 Kgs
Percentage
28%
28%
44%
Total Recyclable
56%
Other cities

Region
Garbage Bags
(regular size)
Approx Weight
(kgs)
Volunteers #
Hyderabad
25
500
60
Coimbatore
40
800
19
Kanyakumari
30
600
9
Tenkasi
29
580
9
Cuddalore
75
1500
250
Pondy
325
6500
300
Yelagiri
75
1500
70
Cumbum
180
3600
200
Parvathi Valley
25
500
15
Tuticorin
150
3000
200
Tirichy
50
1500
110
Tirunelveli
23
460
70
Total
1027
21040
1312
 
 
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