On Sunday, June 18th, Chennai Trekking Club (CTC) and Environmental Foundation of India (EFI) in association with The Hindu and Casa Grande organized the 8th edition of the Chennai Coastal Cleanup (CCC), a South India wide awareness drive on our growing garbage footprint and the impact on the environment. 5000 volunteers and 130 organizations, schools, NGOs in 10 large cities removed 41 tonnes of garbage from lakes, rivers and beaches.
In Chennai, 4600 volunteers participated in removing 32 tonnes of garbage from 20km of Chennai’s shoreline between Lighthouse and Uthandi. Volunteers segregated garbage in 69% recyclables (glass, plastics, …) taken by Earth Recycler and 31% non-recyclables (thermocol, chappals, …) taken by Corporation to the landfill. Additional 2 tonnes of garbage was removed from 2 lakes (Keelkattalai and Nanmangalam) in the city. We thank the Greater Chennai Corporation and Greater Chennai Police for their support.
The South India wide cleanup drive “India Clean Sweep” involved 460 volunteers through 6 regional NGOs in 9 large cities removed 7 tonnes of garbage from water bodies in Bangalore, Coimbatore, Dindigul, Hyderabad, Vizag, Pondicherry, Tirunelveli, Nagapattinam and Cuddalore. Participating NGOs include Environmental Foundation of India, Nellai Nature Club, Shine Treechy, CRISIL, MEECONS, Kalam Foundation.
Also as part of CCC, several awareness initiatives were organized in the city including public wall paintings, restoration of Adyar river banks, creation of zero-waste communities along the coastline, community programs with children, social media challenges to educate the general public on the impact of and need to reduce the use of single use plastics and reduce our garbage footprint through waste segregation.
Chennai Beaches Segregation Stats
Chennai Beaches Zone-wise