Over 5000 volunteers scour sands
The city beaches got a much needed facelift on Sunday when as many as 5,584 volunteers set out to clean them up at dawn. The volunteers collected 36.7 tonnes of garbage from the beach sands of the Marina, Santhome, Besant Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, Kottivakkam, Palavakkam, Neelankarai, Injambakkam, Akkarai, Panaiyur and Kovalam.
volunteers put up an excellent performance this year. They were divided into more than a 100 groups. Thin plastic waste accounted for 24 percent of the waste collected on Sunday. Most of the waste will be recycled to reduce the garbage that moves to the dump yard, said Thilak Raj of Chennai Trekking Club.
The largest number of volunteers, including employees of MNCs, gathered at Besant Nagar at dawn. Over 1,120 volunteers cleaned areas around Broken Bridge and Besant Nagar. Over half the garbag Skechers Outlet e collected in Eliots Beach Skechers Outlet area was thin plastics, pointing to the need for stringent action by Chennai Corporation against traders who use such material in the area. Thin plastics are those less than 40 microns. Such plastics are banned in the city.
A few volunteers even plunged into the sea and fished out plastic waste and abandoned nets from the sea floor. collected waste from a depth of 17 metres.
Another volunteer B. Aravind, director of Temple Adventures Dive School, voiced his concern about the deterioration of the beach and the marine environment in Chennai. John said the impact of sewage outfalls into Cooum and Adyar was visible in the sea floor. sea floor had slush instead of sand, he said.
Chennai Trekking Club organised the first Chennai Coastal Cleanup in May 2010 during which 880 volunteers collected 8.9 tonnes of garbage along the 15 km coast from Marina to Injambakkam. A second edition followed in January 2011 with 1,000 volunteers collecting 9 tonnes of garbage. In February 2012, 45 groups participated and entered the Limca book of records for the fastest cleanup with 2,369 volunteers collecting 17.6 tonnes of garbage in two hours. initiative will create awareness among people and ensure a cleaner beach, said Jude Delano, a volunteer from CTS. This year event was also organised by The Hindu.
Keywords: Beach clean up drive, Chennai beaches, garbage disposal, waste collection, Chennai Coastal Cleanup
I too participated into this event. Feeling happy. Its a excellent intiated by chennai trekking club. Try to avoid plastics in the beachK. Vinoth Kumar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2013 at 11:45 IST
I was part of the event Costal Cleaning on sunday at (Besant Nagar) Broken bridge.
Shocked to find 1000’s of liquor bottles at the main area’s of Elliot page which is Public place.
Govt should act on this issue. Drinking at beach will create lot of problem to public.
They thew all the waste whereever they wish.
Posted on: Jun 17, 2013 at 16:30 IST
I used to frequent any kind of beach, but for last few years have stopped going to Marina Beach. Govt should stop converting the beach into an open eatery and theme park.
Save Marina, Save the environment
Posted on: Jun 17, 2013 at 14:21 IST
Plastic bags of thickness 40 microns are recyclable and NON
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It is better to make all short life plastic oxo biodegradable as it degrades in the open in the same manner as a leaf.
Government of India should do what the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and other countries have already done. They should legislate to require all short life plastic products (not just shopping bags) to be made from d2w oxo biodegradable plastic.
Also, if collected ,oxo biodegradable plastics can be recycled or incinerated(to p Skechers Outlet roduce electricity). However, if they are disposed recklessly, they will degrade and disappear, leaving no harmful residues.