One of the youngest Waste Warriors, Deepak began his journey as a Green Worker in 2015. He has worked in Ludhiana and Lower Dharamsala as a waste management worker but he finds his stint with the Waste Warriors team more fruitful and organized. For Deepak, the best part of being a Green Worker is the time when they get to hike up to Triund and remove the waste from the top of the mountain and see how clean it can be.
Before joining Waste Warriors, Giyasuddin was working with a garbage collection and disposal agency in Punjab. For him, Waste Warriors has been a pleasant change compared to his previous company. As a Green Worker, he feels that he is part of the change happening around him. He believes that every small contribution matters a lot for a better and cleaner future.
Since 2012, Lokman has been an important part of Waste Warriors. The organization was his first job and he calls this time period a great learning experience. The love and support that he has received from the team is the reason why he stayed with the organization all this time. Lokman is dedicated towards the improvement of the Dharamsala region and believes that once everyone starts coordinating in a planned way, the issues surrounding waste, like lack of timely cleaning, will be sorted soon. Waste Warriors has helped him develop a positive mindset towards the mission and his only goal is to see a better and cleaner Dharamsala.
Om Prakash hails from Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh. He has been a part of Waste Warriors since 2013 and has been working dedicatedly to keep the Bhagsu Waterfall area clean. His dream is to see a greener and cleaner Dharamsala. Since his time as a member of the Waste Warriors team, he has seen a lot change but a lot of setbacks, too. He says, while we have installed dustbins at different corners, there are people who still throw and litter their garbage. He believes that only through proper awareness and knowledge can we keep Dharamsala’s ecosystem intact.
Raj has been a part of the original Waste Warriors team and has been part of the organization since 2009. Before that he was an independent door-to-door waste collector in the Dharamkot area. Raj says his work has been more streamlined in the terms of garbage collection and disposal but it needs to be more sorted because of the increased tourism. Raj’s favorite part of working with Waste Warriors is meeting new people who volunteer every now and then.
Sonu is one of our oldest Green Workers. He started working with the organization in the year 2012 and has been a dedicated part of the team since then. His previous experience with other garbage collection and disposal companies is a lot different than that of Waste Warriors. With Waste Warriors, Sonu says, we work in a more planned and organized way. The 360 degree cleaning and waste disposal strategy makes Waste Warriors different from other organizations. Sonu is fond of cricket and is an expert bowler for his team. Rapid commercialization has ruined his playground after hotels came up on the empty lands where he and his friends once used to play.
Tinku hails from Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. While this is his first experience as a Green Worker, he has worked in the hospitality industry for 5 years. Tinku has been a witness to the hotel industry’s boom and how Dharamsala has changed over that time. His journey with Waste Warriors has been a pleasant experience so far. He believes that it is important to be the part of the change to see the change happening.
Vikash joined Waste Warriors in April 2017, and before that he was an independent door-to-door garbage collector in Dharamkot. Since his time with Waste Warriors, he is seeing a cleaner Galu area now from what it used to be. He believes that tourism is a necessary evil and complete cleanliness is not possible unless everyone plays their part. Even a piece of plastic picked and disposed in the dustbin will bring a huge change. Vikash loves listening to music which helps him concentrate while he is working.