Today, we launch Clean Chennai, as the next phase of our My Chennai My Right campaign. The goal: A cleaner Chennai that would not only enhance the quality of life of its residents but also cut down the adverse health impacts of garbage and solid pollutants.

Chennai generates some 5,000 tonnes of solid waste every day, more than most cities per capita. Our focus is on big, end-of-the-pipeline solutions such as more mega dumping yards and complex power generation projects. But a sustainable, long-term solution has to start with citizens and resident associations.

We do have a right to clean streets but that right carries with it some responsibilities too, such as ensuring that disposable, organic waste is recycled — preferably at the local level — and plastic use is cut.

Our campaign for a clean Chennai will demand not just action from officials but from residents too.

Do join in!

Siddharth Varadarajan

(Editor, The Hindu)

My Chennai My Right, an inititative by The Hindu

Send us pictures of extreme instances of garbage affecting normal life in Chennai.

We would also like to hear about what you are doing to manage waste

Email us at myright@thehindu.co.in

Join us for a discussion on solving the garbage problem at facebook.com/chennaicentral The thread will be open for comments from 5 p.m. today. Dharmesh Shah, researcher and environment activist, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and other experts will join the discussion on Tuesday.

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