Mayor-Commissioner launches ‘Meri Life Mera Swachh Shehar’ campaign in Chandigarh

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MCC makes operational 35 RRR Centres in each ward to collect recyclable donated household items

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Chandigarh, May 20:- Aiming on better management and promotion of the principles of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, Sh. Anup Gupta, City Mayor launched a mega campaign ‘Meri LiFE, Mera Swachh Shehar’ from Sector 21 here today in the presence of Ms. Anindita Mitra, IAS, Commissioner, MCC, Presidents & Secretaries of Resident Welfare Associations and Market Welfare Associations and prominent persons of area.

After opening the RRR centre for ward No.11 at Community Centre, Sector 21, the Mayor said that the Municipal Corporation has started 35 similar RRR centres throughout city in each ward, where city residents will be able to donate household articles from May 20 to June 5th, 2023. He said that the MCC will clean, refurbish and upgrade the articles for sale at a flea market to be set up for three days after the campaign. He said that restored items will be sold at nominal rates to the needy with the aim to ensure household items in good condition do not go to waste and will instead reused.

The Mayor said that only quality and useable items will be accepted for donation including clothes, shoes, books/stationery, plastic items, crockery, toys, e-waste, wooden items, furniture etc. He said that these articles will also be collected through MCC’s ‘Swachh Sawari’- RRR on Wheels, which was flagged off from Sector 21 today. He said that a special awareness drive will also be carried out in each ward to convey the location, timings, purpose of RRR centres and hand over pamphlets of listed items that can be donated at the RRR centres to the city residents. He said that Self Help Groups and the sanitation workers of MCC have been deputed to look after the day-to-day operations and management of these RRR centres till 5th June, 2023.

While sharing information about the campaign, Ms. Anindita Mitra, IAS, Commissioner MCC said that reuse and upcycling of common household goods has been an integral part of Indian culture and the campaign has been launched to champion the RRR’s of waste management- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. This is giving an impetus to the overall zero-waste ecosystem under Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0.

She said that the RRRs form the backbone of ‘Waste to Wealth’ and has empowered many craftsmen, recyclers, Self Help Groups, entrepreneurs, startups, etc. to recycle waste into a host of products. She said that mission Life aims to protect and preserve the environment and bring about a pro-planet behavioural change that can be instilled through individual action in day-to-day life.

In all 35 wards of city beautiful the RRR centres have been formally started by the respective area councilors and city residents started donating their recyclable household articles in these centres.

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