Awards & Recognitions

SPO India Award

Emerging NGO Award

May 2017

Waste Warriors was presented with an ‘Emerging NGO’ award by SPO India at a CSR Conference held at Hotel Shangri La’s Eros, New Delhi on 25th May. NGO's were judged on the basis of effectiveness in impacting the targeted communities, sustainability and long-term impact to the community. The award was presented by Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, who is widely acclaimed as the Father of CSR in India. He played a major role in the inclusion of Section 135 in the Companies Act of 2013 and the framing of the rules thereafter.



UIAA Award

Mountain Protection Award

October 2016

The Waste Warriors Dharamsala project was a runner up in the UIAA International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation - Mountain Protection Award. The award is a fundamental part of the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission ‘s commitment to encouraging and supporting the conservation of natural resources, landscapes and diverse cultures in mountain regions. Through the award, the Commission specifically focuses on the promotion of positive behaviour and education in mountain tourism and recreation.



Chief Minister Harish Rawat

CM 4 Youth - Working for a Cleaner Uttarakhand

August 2016

Waste Warriors Dehradun was recognised by the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat for “Working for a Cleaner Uttarakhand”. Manpreet Kaur Jassal, Project Assistant, proudly received the certificate at the CM 4 Youth event on behalf of the Dehradun team. Waste Warriors were the official waste management partners, managing all of the waste from the event.



Enviro care summit award

Enviro Care Summit Award

July 2016

We received an award at the Global Enviro Care Summit & Awards, 2016 organised by Legal Desire & Unmukt Bharat in association with Subharti Group of Institutions, Dehradun on 23rd July, 2016. The award was for “Devotion, dedication and commitment towards Environment Protection & Sustainable Development Initiatives and was received by Manpreet Kaur Jassal.”



Jodie with Brand Icon award

Times of India - Brand Icon Award

Dehradun, February 2016

Jodie Underhill, Co-Founder of Waste Warriors, was awarded with the “Brand Icon” award by Times of India in February 2016. The awards function was held at the Inderlok Hotel in Dehradun.




REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship

New Delhi, 23 March 2015

Jodie received the REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship instituted by the United Nations and the International Confederation of NGO’S (ICONGO) for her commendable work for society. She received the fellowship on the 23rd of March in New Delhi at an exclusive awards function, which was part of the REX Conclive, held from the 21st - 23rd of March 2015 at Jesus and St Mary’s College.

REX Conclive is the scaled up avatar of the ‘Right every Wrong’ conclave - knowledge forums that were pivotal for pioneering huge thought leadership for addressing various social issues.

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The concept of the REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship (RKGF) is to recognize people who have the courage of conviction to think differently, walk the path less trodden and to act on alternative & innovative ideas, which can make a difference in our world. The aim is to bring together like-minded, socially responsible individuals who have a desire to learn more, be more and do more to make a difference.



Rotary Club “Service Before Self” Award

Mumbai, 22 February 2015

Waste Warriors Co-Founder and CEO, Jodie Underhill, was honored with the Rotary Club’s “Service Before Self” award. Jodie received a standing ovation at the W.O.W District Conference after she gave a moving presentation on how much Waste Warriors has accomplished over the past few years. She was then presented with the award in the form of a plaque, as well as a certificate sponsoring the education of a girl child for one year. The two-day event was held at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) in Worli, Mumbai.

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Many people were inspired by Jodie’s presentation on India’s garbage crisis, and thus approached us after the conference, inviting us to help them set up proper waste management and composting systems in their homes, schools and colonies. The response we received in Mumbai was incredibly encouraging, and thus we are considering expanding to Mumbai in the future. The ball is already rolling on this, as Jodie has been invited back to Mumbai to conduct a series of workshops and school programs as well as to give presentations.



A.L.L Grassroots Women of the Decade Achievers Award

New Delhi, 25 September 2014

On September 24, 2014 the Assocham Ladies League (A.L.L) honored Jodie with the prestigious Grassroots Women of the Decade Achievers Award. A.L.L is the country’s first all-women industry chamber; the organization is deeply committed to recognizing the importance of women’s leadership in all aspects of society across the country.

Jodie received the award from Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, the Honourable Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Urban Development, Houseing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.

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Jodie was recognized for the incredible work she has done in creating large-scale event waste management systems, which have been replicated across the country. The award thus recognized how much Waste Warriors has achieved, not only in managing waste across our three project locations in Dehradun, Dharamsala, Corbett but also at mega-events across the country.

The Assocham Ladies League honored 35 outstanding women for their valuable contributions to society at the event. We felt incredibly honored to stand alongside so many inspiring women. We are sincerely grateful to A.L.L for recognizing and valuing the work that we do.




Spark the Rise

Mumbai, January 2014

In January 2013, Waste Warriors was declared one of the winners in the second round of Mahindra’s prestigious "Spark the Rise" Competition. Mahindra’s Spark the Rise works as a unique online platform for change-makers across India to connect with one another, collaborate and exchange ideas, procure volunteers and donors, and to compete for monthly grants from the organization. This campaign seeks to promote socio-entrepreneurs from all over India share their insight for reinventing the ‘India’ inside India.

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After a lot of hard work garnering support from citizens across the country, Waste Warriors was deemed the winner of a 4 lakh grant. In February 2013, following the win, Jodie Underhill along with Tashi Pareek, Co-Founder and Project Manager were invited to attend the semi finals of the competition in Mumbai and pitch for the 50 lakh grant finale.

Though we did not make it to the final round, Jodie and Tashi did get a chance to meet Mr. Anand Mahindra. This meeting opened up many new doors for us; since this meeting, Mr. Anand Mahindra has been one of our strongest supporters. In showcase of his appreciation for the work we do, Mr. Anand Mahindra donated two Bolero pickup trucks to us, something that has truly allowed us to expand the reach of the work that we do. He is currently funding the Corbett Project from his own personal funds.




Times Now ‘Amazing Indian Award’

New Delhi, February 2012

Times Now in Association with Mahindra Rise presented Jodie with the prestigious ‘Amazing Indian Award’ in 2012. The award was given to Jodie by Anand Mahindra, the Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra Group, deemed one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine. Awards were given to those who have dedicated their lives to improving the country and honours the hard work, passion, spirit and courage it takes to make a positive difference.




Green Hero Award

Shimla, July 2010

Jodie Underhill, CEO and Co-Founder of Waste Warriors, was awarded with a “Green Hero Award” by the Centre for Media Studies in 2010. The award was presented by Himachal’s Public Works Department (PWD) Minister, Gulab Singh Thakur who congratulated her and volunteers Claire Jabra and Karl Bennett, after inaugurating the “CMS Vatavaran,” a two-day environment & wildlife film festival held at the Gaiety Theatre in Shimla. The award was given to Jodie and two of her volunteers for cleaning the hiking trail to Triund and setting up a waste management system there. It took one year to clear the backlog of garbage that had been thrown down the mountain.