Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) has witnessed a remarkable response to its initiative of setting up Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (RRR) Centres in accordance with the ‘Meri Life, Mera Swachh Shehar’ (My Life and My Clean City) campaign launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). The primary objective of this campaign is to convert waste into valuable resources while encouraging citizens and students to establish RRR centres in Mangaluru.
The RRR centres in Mangaluru have garnered an overwhelming response, with an approximate collection of 4 tonnes of materials during this year’s campaign. A commendable contribution from over 500 residents of the city has been instrumental in the success of this initiative. Donations included a wide range of items such as clothes, newspapers, plastic carry bags, old books, and electronic goods. These contributions were made across the 10 RRR centres in Mangaluru, spanning from May 20 to June 5.
To express gratitude towards the enthusiastic donors, those who contributed more than 5 kilos of goods were appreciated and rewarded with a bag of compost manure. Meanwhile, those who donated less than 5 kilos received a small token of appreciation for their participation.
The donated clothes will be distributed to ashrams and care homes through non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Toys, plastic items, notebooks, and newspapers will be sent to recycling centres. Usable toys will find new homes in local anganwadis and child care units, while the collected textbooks, novels, and magazines will be sent to libraries. Electronic items will be appropriately handled and sent to e-waste recycling centres.