International Coastal Cleanup Day is observed on September 20 every year. Its aim is to engage volunteers in collecting marine debris. This year, Essar Foundation teams joined the cleanup drives at beaches in Vizag and Paradip. Vizag
Coast Guard personnel and officers of the District Headquarters - 6 held a cleanup drive at Rushikonda beach. It was littered with debris as idols had been immersed in the sea after the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Around 500 people were involved in the cleanup which lasted for more than three hours. The Eastern Naval Command, Coast Guard and volunteers including students and citizens also cleaned up Ramakrishna, Yerada and Kalinga beaches, and Tenneti Park.
A massive awareness campaign was undertaken at Paradip beach. A group of volunteers from the Coast Guard, Essar Foundation, Essar Power (Orissa) Limited and Paradip Port Trust along with other concerned citizens were a part of it. For three hours, they removed non-degradable wastes like plastics and garbage. The volunteers wore gloves for safety, collected garbage from the beach and accumulated it at a place from where it was carried away in a tractor for disposal. The event helped increase awareness among participants about why the sea and beaches need to be kept clean and their impact on the environment.