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Juhu Citizens Welfare Group (JCWG) - learnings from clean-up
'Ban plastic to keep Clean Juhu & other Beaches'
As our successful clean-up operation at Juhu beach edges to a close, residents are realising that the biggest obstacle to keeping it clean is the
use of plastic. In fact, nearly 70 per cent of the garbage removed from the beach so far constituted of plastic.
Members of the Juhu Citizens Welfare Group (JCWG) who had launched the cleanliness drive on Aug, 17 after the beach had been inundated with filth in the aftermath of the floods.
Those involved in the exercise found that plastic is the bane of all problems related to garbage collection on the beach. JCWG members /Residents
discovered that ,this plastic was responsible for choking storm water drains that open into the sea during the floods.
The rest of the garbage comes from the beach itself. The beach is visited by tourists every day and most of them litter it. Even the hawkers don't have a
proper waste disposal system and dump all the their garbage .
The group is on the verge of completing the entire exercise and claim that they have managed to clear the beach to a large extent. During the clean-up process we found layers of plastic that were at least two feet deep on the beach. The plastic ultimately washes along the beach and chokes it.
Although the beach appears relatively clean, we the JCWG members and Military Road residents feel that plastic needs to be banned. "The beach is
choking under the weight of plastic. The only solution is to ban it,"
How you can keep beach clean :-
. Do not use plastic and use paper or cloth bags instead
. Practise garbage segregation - wet garbage is biodegradable but dry waste that mainly consists of plastic is not
. Recycle dry waste
. Do not litter the beach
. Throw waste into dustbins or carry them home and dispose them
No dustbins on Juhu beach for visitors and hawkers :-
The biggest threat to a clean beach is the constant littering by visitors. However, some of them say that they really have no choice. There are no
dustbins or waste disposal systems systems available to them on the beach.
When the hawkers were questioned, they claimed that they usually dump garbage on the beach and the BMC van collects the garbage every morning. An ice cream vendor, say "I collect all the wrappers in a dustbin and then dispose them in a dump behind my stall."
Juhu Citizens Welfare Group (JCWG) also caught some visitors red-handed as they were littering.