As many as 14,31,486 people participated in the mass cleaning activity conducted during the first two weeks of the Namma Ooru Superu campaign currently underway across rural Tamil Nadu from 1st May to 15th June 2023.
A whopping 2563.9 tonnes of waste was collected from garbage hotspots, and public spaces such as parks, tourist sites, religious places, and government buildings including Village Poverty Reduction Committee (VPRC buildings), Panchayat offices, Anganwadi centres, and also water bodies like ponds and wells.
While the legacy waste collected amounted to 6 tonnes, the garbage collected at garbage hotspots totalled 620 tonnes.
Around 45% of this waste was taken to segregation sheds, and the rest was taken to micro-composting centres, compost pits, and plastic waste management units.
This year’s campaign also focused on clearing and disposal of legacy waste dump sites and cleaning solid and liquid waste management (SLWM) infrastructure like community sanitary complexes (CSCs) and soak pits, among others.
The campaign is intended to strengthen the State’s progress toward ensuring environmentally sustainable and clean villages. Further, emphasis is being given to achieving the State’s retrofitting target. It will also include health and welfare measures for workers undertaking sanitation-related works.