KL Balasubramanian, a volunteer with Kapaleecharam, said the residents wanted to engage with Ramky in a big way. “The trash mainly included plastic, paper, mud and bricks. The automatic machine saved time. We ensured that the staff had protective gear and equipment. We also campaigned among the shopkeepers and many of them have put out bins,” he said. The next step, said Viswanathan, involved the commercial businesses in the locality.