Friday Apr 24, 2009

Clean up operation at Sangam - WWVW

Sun Microsystems is one of the biggest contributor to the community, be it an open source community or a real ( social ) community. This week Sun organised the World Wide Volunteer Week ( WWVW ) so that all of us could do our part to serve the community. The employees here at Sun Microsystems, IEC Bangalore, came up with brilliant ideas to serve the community, one of which was the Clean up operation at Sangam.

Volunteers...

Sangam ( about 100 km from Bangalore ), confluence of 2 rivers, is a very good picnic spot and a beautiful place. But over a period of time, the place has lost its beauty, thanks to the ignorant tourists who litter the place with all kinds of rubbish ( plastic being the most dangerous ). Sun Engineers, with the support of the Clean and Green organisation, took up the initiative to rid the place of rubbish and bring back the old beauty of the place.

Sangama....

We left for Sangam on 18th April, 2009. We were about 50 in numbers ( almost 30 of us were students.. like me :)  ). Upon reaching the place we realised that 50 was a small number. The place was full of rubbish. Plastics... water bottles... and all kinds of rubbish... We knew that we had a huge job at hand. We picked our gloves, rakes and gunny bags and went in different directions to clean up the mess. We were instructed to seperate plastics, water bottles and other misc so that it is easy for sending the garbage for recycling.

It was really a tough job. The more we cleaned, the more rubbish we found. It looked like an impossible task. We realised that this was not something which could be done in just one day. So we took up a new strategy. We installed large cement rings at various places, which people could use as dustbins. But dustbins were not enough. We went a step ahead to educate the local people about cleanliness and encouraged them to use dustbins.

I and my team collected about 5 bags of plastic and 2 bags of water bottles. The place still looked a little dirty but it definitely looked a lot cleaner. At the end we were all satisfied with our work. We had collected nearly 140 Kgs of plastic. I am so happy that the place is a lot better now.

Our collection! :)

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