Awards & Recognitions

Safaigiri Award 2018

India Today Safaigiri Award 2018

October 2018

Waste Warriors' efforts were rewarded on 2nd October 2018, at the Taj Lands End in Mumbai! India Today presented Waste Warriors Society with a Safaigiri 2018 Award for being a ‘Community Mobiliser’, one of 15 award categories presented to NGOs working across India at the India Today Safaigiri Summit and Awards 2018. The Safaigiri 2018 awards were given away by Honorable Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Minister Of Road Transport And Highways, and Mr. Aroon Purie, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India Today Group, and were presented to our Executive Managing Committee treasurer Gaurav Aggarwal, COO Avinash Pratap Singh, and communications manager Chirag Mahajan.


Karmayogi Award 2018

Karmayogi Award 2018

January 2018

Karmayogi: "One who works selflessly and meditates the path of selfless service"
Panama, a corporate group in Pune, recognised Waste Warriors' co-founder Jodie Underhill for her contribution in the field of solid waste management by giving her their Karmayogi Award 2018. Jodie requested them to give the award to the entire Waste Warriors team, and so our Chief Operations Officer Avinash Pratap Singh went from Dehradun to Pune to receive the award on behalf of the entire team.


Tong-Len Social Work Appreciation Award 2017

Tong-Len Social Work Appreciation Award 2017

November 2017

Tong-Len celebrated its 13th Anniversary and "Thanks Day" on 19th November, the date on which their first purpose-built hostels were opened by His Holiness The Dalai Lama in 2011. The event was attended by almost 500 people including guests from India and overseas, as well as a large number of the families of the hostel children.
The chief guest was Mr Tilak Raj Acharya, District Project Officer of the Kangra District for the Ministry of Child and Women Welfare. Amongst other guests were the Sub District Magistrate of Dharamsala, Brigid Whoriskey (Trustee of Tong-Len UK) and Annie Benard (Director of Tong-Len Europe). Since its tenth anniversary in 2014, Tong-Len has been awarding individuals or organisations who have made a significant contribution to society and share Tong-Len’s vision of ‘compassion in action’. There were three awards, introduced by Brigid Whoriskey. Waste Warriors was awarded the Tong-Len Social Work Appreciation Award 2017 for our efforts in promoting waste management through encouraging due respect for waste collectors and rag pickers by employing them as an integral part of our door-to-door collection service and providing them a living-wage salary, basic training, ID cards, branded shirts, gloves, and boots.


Free Spirit Award 2017

Free Spirit Award 2017

October 2017

Waste Warriors Society was awarded the Free Spirit Award 2017 at the Free Spirit Film Festival 2017, the 13th edition of festival, held at Hotel Tibet in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala on 27th October 2017.
Our Dharamsala team received the award, which was given for our efforts towards our vision of a clean India and for organising door-to-door collection of recyclable and non-recyclable waste, weekly clean-ups of tourist trails, education programs with local schools, and approaching local and state-level authorities to discuss and advocate for implementation of sustainable waste management practices.
Waste Warriors joined other "free spirits" and past awardees of the festival including Richard Gere, Edward Snowden, Ghazala Abdullah, Deb Jarrett, Students for a Free Tibet, and many more. The five-day festival was concluded on Tuesday night, with the Director of the festival Lobsang Wangyal announcing the winners of the awards at the festival. A total of 24 films in all genres were screened in McLeod Ganj, with an audience from around the world attending the festival.


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, Housing 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.