Chennai: This ‘gold for garbage’ programme was conducted as part of awareness program on plastic segregation in the city, organised by the Tamil Nadu pollution control board, Chennai corporation and the Chennai Plastic Manufacturers Association. TNPCB officials said that the ‘gold for garbage’ event would be organised in all districts to spread awareness.
Chennai district environment engineer Ms R. Sarasavani said that many parents and children took part in the contest with enthusiasm. “The response was amazing. Participants picked up plastic bottles, bags and all kinds of plastic items found in the beach and filled nearly 200 big dustbins there,” she said. Plastic collected through this event would be used to lay roads in Chennai.
150 persons who picked plastic bags and other plastic waste products in the Marina beach got lucky silver coins and three got one gram gold coins as they won the lucky draw contest City corporation mayor Saidai Duraisamy and environment minister B.V. Ramana gave away the gold and silver coins to the winners.