In Mawlynnong, a small Indian village in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, cleanliness is a way of life and not an imposed activity. Locals sweeping the roads and lanes, picking up leaves, watering the plants or cleaning the drain are a common sight here. Every house has a toilet and on every road of the village can be found bamboo waste baskets. The waste collected is directed to a pit and later used as manure in farms and cultivation.
Education is something that residents place a high value on. Littering even by the very young is frowned upon and children as young as four learn at school to keep their surroundings clean.
Mawlynnong village has around 500 residents and about 95 households. Their main occupation is agriculture, with betel nut being the main crop. A surprising fact is that the village has 100% literacy rate and most of the villagers are conversant with the English language.
Although cleanliness is a tradition for generations, the village became worldwide known after it won accolade for being the cleanest village in Asia in 2003 as well as the Cleanest Village in India in 2005.
For more info watch this documentary made directed by Wallambok Alexander Kharkongor and Jonmejoy Tamuly.