On the morning of 23rd of January 2021, the beach stretch of 4th Seaward Road, Thiruvanmiyur had seemed to come to life! As volunteers from across the city gathered around the coordinator, orientation was given about the negative effects of micro plastics and the importance of beach cleanup owing to the Olive Ridley’s nesting site. This was followed by what needed to be collected in the sac bag, and what items needed more safety measures.
- No of volunteers – around 30-35
- Totally 38-40 sac bags were collected in which 4 of the bags contained only glass bottles
- Each of the bags weighed around 10-12 Kg. Approximately 400 Kg of trash was removed
The event ended at 9:00 am. During the clean up at the gathering point, some of the micro plastics were collected by the event coordinator to show the volunteers that how much our beach stretch had been polluted. Nearly about 100-120 pieces of micro plastics were collected from a small area of about 10 feet diameter.
The closing remarks mentioned how we as responsible consumers can reduce the use of single-use plastics followed by a story of how the Dodo bird became extinct! For collection of trash, GCC’s Urbaser was informed before the event, and the garbage machine arrived on time 10 minutes after the event.
We thank all those who had joined us for the Beach Clean Up! We thank the GCC and the HCL Foundation for supporting this effort!
Volunteer for India and her Environment with E.F.I, Jai Hind