[Written by Vinodh Sundar]
"Kuppai porukka poraangalam" a 70 yr old granny laughed uncontrollably after hearing our answer to the question of where we are headed this early on a sunday morning.
A local guy tried to explain her that this is something which is even done by school kids (like cleaning up of ponds in their locality) as part of their school NSS activities, but that granny was in no mood for listening.
She kept laughing uncontrollably repeatedly exclaiming "Kuppai porukka poraangalam". Being part of few cleanups in and around Chennai we are used to this kinda awkward situation, where you cant explain to someone what we are doing and why we are doing it. We couldn't do anything except showing our poker face to each other and proceeded to our target zone for cleanup that sunday, which is the beach behindAshta Lakshmi temple, Besant Nagar.
This cleanup was arranged by Agility Logistics (a software MNC in Chennai). All the volunteers were from their company. We from Ainthinai went to assist guide them in segregation of the garbage and handing them over to our recycling partner 'Earth Recycler'. They were around 180 employees from Agility Logistics, for most of them this cleanup was first of a kind activity. Nonetheless all were enthusisatic on the activity. With weather god supporting us for an awesome sunday morning in the beach, we got started with the cleanup.
Thanks to Nirmala, an employee of Agility and also a CTCian, who had made all the necessary arrangements. Everything was at place. She had made sure that all the things used were recyclable, from gloves to garbage collection bags. Her experience in CCC must have definitely helped her :).
All the volunteers were split into 4 zones covering the beach area behind the temple. The clean up was done exactly per guidelines used in CCC, garbage were collected into three categories (Plastics, glass and others). Initially we all the got the weird look from the locals around there, but as the time went by few kids who were playing cricket there came and joined us in collecting the garbage.
After about an hour and a half of cleaning, we took a break for refreshments. During this recess, Ainthinai's official 'spokes-person' Sindhu gave a little but inspiring speech on CTC activities and Ainthinai's initiatives to a green environment. Many employees of Agility showed real interest in our activities and invited us for a presentation in their company for sharing more details on our activities to all the employees there.
After the break, we proceeded for the final phase of clean-up, where we planned to clean up a green covered area which had lots of plastics. The clean-up went for another hour. Meanwhile we started loading the collected garbage into our recycler's truck.
Post event we had a small discussion between people from top management of Agility and Earth Recyler. Result of which Agility's management have came forward to intiate the idea of recycling their daily garbage collected in their office, through Earth Recycler.
A special thanks to Rameshkumar here for covering the event with his camera, inspite of the very short notice.
P.S : Kuppai porukka poraangalam - this literally translates to "These guys gonna collect garbage" in English, but trust me it will sound way funnier in Tamil, plus that granny's expression :|
Clicks from our photographer Ramesh https://www.facebook.
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