Waste Collection in Kyari Village (Corbett, 15 December 2013)
The day started bright and early - we reached Kyari Village by about 8:30 AM. 37 students from Woodstock School, Mussoorie, showed up to volunteer. The students managed to collect 32 bags of waste in only 1 hour! After the clean-up session, with the help of the student volunteers, we went from door-to-door and surveyed the waste of 55 out of the 90 homes in Kyari Valley. Then, we held a workshop on waste management with 59 participants. We found it very encouraging to see so many young people expressing such a strong commitment to keeping Kyari clean. Overall, a very successful day!
Art for Change Exhibition (Dehradun, 13 December 2013)
On December 13th 2013, we launched an exhibition entitled ‘Art for Change’ at the Inderlok Hotel, Anekant Palace. As part of a competition, which we organized in collaboration with Media 24 x 7, children were asked to design posters based on the theme: “Stop Littering and Keep the City Clean.” We received a total of 700 entries, the top 45 of which were showcased.
At the exhibition, we also displayed photos of our Anekant Palace Transformation project, which began in August 2013 – the first phase of which included removing over 60 bags of garbage from the area. The exhibition thus sought to raise awareness about the responsibility that we all have towards the environment.
Triund Clean-Ups Treks (Dharamsala, December 2013)
We held two of our regular Triund clean-up treks in December, from the 9th-10th and the 17th-18th. The first day began with us trekking for 9 km in order to reach Triund. We cleaned up waste along the way and checked to ensure that the waste was being properly segregated in the three cafes en-route.
After finally reaching Triund, we cleaned up as much as we could before it got dark. The next morning, everyone was split up into groups in order to cover as much ground as possible. We segregated the waste we collected and brought it back down d the trail with us. Because of our persistent efforts, the hiking route and Triund have become much cleaner.
TRIUND TRAIL RACE (Dharamshala, 16 November 2013)
Our pilot project in Triund had its first ever trail race! Waste Warriors was present to ensure that the waste from the event is managed properly. The race, organized by Mountain Trail Running India and Chrysalid Outdoors, was an experience that took the participants' breath away (no pun intended!) We had volunteers help us out at the event - and they definitely enjoyed working in the mountains!
Workshops in Celebration of Children's Day (Corbett, 14th November 2013)
In India, Children’s Day is celebrated on November 14th – the birthday of the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. This date was named in his honor, as Nehru was known for his love of children, whom he regarded as the bright future of the country. Children’s Day is thus a day for having fun and relishing in one’s childhood.
With this in mind, on November 14th, our team organized two workshops for the children of Ringora and Bhakrakot Village. We played games and made crafts with the children. The evening ended with delicious sweets – including ladoos, chocolate cake and milkshakes. It was a joyous day with a great turnout; over 35 children from the two villages participated in the workshops.
Welham Girls Composting Workshop (Dehradun, 13 November 2013)
On November 13th 2013, we headed over to Welham Girls School for a clean-up and to conduct a workshop. We started the day off by cleaning a dumpsite close to the school’s playing field, in which we managed to collect a total of 9 bags of waste! Then, we headed over to the school to give the girls a workshop on composting.
So, we got to work and spent a majority of the session creating a few enclosures to put compostable materials in. For the most part, most of the organic waste we put into the composter was leaves; this lead to a discussion on how wasteful is to burn leaves, when they can easily be turned into fertilizer. By the end of the workshop, the compost enclosure was ready to use!
THE ROYAL VISIT (Dehradun, November 2013)
Everyone knew that His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall would be visiting Dehradun - but very few people knew that that they would be coming to see Waste Warriors!
We were asked by the British High Commission to host one of our educational Children's Days at the Doon School. We invited 65 children from The Aasraa Trust. Everything was planned well - except for the weather! Despite getting rained on, the event was a huge success. Her Royal Highness showed great appreciation for the work that we do.
MAHINDRA GROUP DONATES VEHICLES (Dehradun, November 2013)
The Mahindra Group has donated two Mahindra Bolero Pickup trucks to Waste Warriors! Jodie Underhill (CEO and Co-Founder of Waste Warriors) first met Mr. Anand Mahindra (Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra Group) in February 2012, when he presented her with the Times Now - Amazing Indians Award. Mr. Anand Mahindra commended Waste Warriors for the important work we do and committed to supporting us. The addition of these jeeps will allow us to greatly increase the amount of garbage we are able to collect. A huge thank you to Anand Mahindra and the Mahindra Group for their generosity and support! We are using these truck in Dehradun and in Corbett
Clean India Day (Dharamsala, 25-26 October 2013)
On Clean India Day, thousands of citizens, in over 60 cities across the country, seek to raise awareness about the importance of cleanliness in India. To celebrate this day, we conducted a two-day workshop with 50 students from the National Service Scheme (NSS) Camp, with Fortsyth Ganj School in Dharamsala. Mainly, we spoke about the amount of paper waste that the school generates, and alternative solutions to burning it. We also spoke about the importance of segregating one’s waste. On the second day of the workshop, students presented the banners with eco-friendly slogans that they had made. We recognize that a continued dialogue with students in important. Thus, we will be working with the school on an ongoing basis.
Clean India Day (Dehradun, 25 October 2013
In recognition of Clean India Day, Waste Warriors conducted a clean-up, and a waste management awareness campaign in Jakhan market. We spoke to members of the public, including children, about the importance of cleanliness. Locals stopped to admire an anti-littering wall mural, painted by one of our volunteers, Kasia Drobner. The mural depicts a cow eating grass, and another eating a plastic bag, raising one’s attention to how many animals suffer from eating plastic. Let’s work towards making Clean India Day become a national event!
Waste Collection Project with Woodstock School (Corbett, 7-11 October 2013)
From October 7th to the 11th, Avisfera Adventures and Camp Hornbill in Kyari Village, Corbett, organized a SUPW (Socially Useful and Productive Work) program for students from the Woodstock School. With the help of students from Woodstock, we used this opportunity to put proper waste management systems in place in Kyari. We started the session by discussing the garbage situation in Corbett. After this, we had a ‘garbage relay race,’ which helped the students understand that a lot of the garbage that is dumped in rivers or burnt can be recycled. The Woodstock students were thus an integral part of launching the pilot waste collection project in Kyari. Now, villagers collect their dry waste and every ten days, Waste Warriors comes to collect and dispose of it.
Clean-up at Dhikuli Inter College (Corbett, 6 October 2013)
Our second clean-up at Dhikuli Inter College was very successful. Approximately 27 students showed up on the Sunday morning to volunteer. Posters explaining the different categories of waste made the activity fun, efficient and most importantly, educational. As a result of the clean-up, the students gained a better understanding and appreciation for recycling and segregating one’s waste. At the end, the students put up a “No Dumping” banner that they had painted, in an effort to ensure that the area stayed clean.
Clean-up Drive and Waste Workshop (Corbett, 2 October 2013)
We celebrated Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti in Corbett National Park by organizing a clean-up drive and waste workshop with 250 students from Dhikuli Inter College. The day began with a flag hosting ceremony, which was then followed by many activities for the students including coloring posters, creating banners and signs with eco-friendly slogans and making tetra pack wallets & masks. Then, we had an educational rally around the village, which the students responded to enthusiastically. By the end of the day, we managed to collect 200 kg of waste – about 15 bags of garbage – and the students had learnt the importance of recycling and segregating their waste. Even though school hours had ended and the day was technically done, 25 students volunteered to continue cleaning!
Launch of Corbett Project (Corbett, 2 October 2013)
The Corbett project was launched on the 2nd October, Ganhi ji's birthday. This new Waste Warriors chapter was made possible due to the persistent efforts of Minakshi Pandey, who along with her husband previously ran an Eco lodge; Camp Forktail Creek, for over 12 years on the northern boundary of Corbett Tiger Reserve. Minakshi has been a witness to the waste management problems around the Corbett Landscape, caused by insensitive commercialization. She finally decided to take matters in her own hands resulting in the birth of the Corbett project. Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFT) showed faith in Minakshi’s and Waste Warriors vision and provided the support required to get the ball rolling in Corbett. Julian Matthews from TOFT said, “The work that Waste Warriors is doing is brilliant. I would like Minakshi and Waste Warriors to take this project to every reserve we work in and restore some civic pride in villages bordering the parks.”
Children's Day at Our New Headquarters (Dehradun, September 2013)
This was our first Children's Day at our new Headquarters in Dehradun! We hosted 40 children from the Purva Madhyamik Vidyalaya School. They participated in a waste workshop which included playing the ‘waste segregation relay-race’ game, making and coloring banners and posters with eco-friendly slogans, and creating crazy caterpillars from egg boxes. Some of the kids even dressed up as Waste Warrior superheroes!
Children's Day (Dharamsala, 15 September 2013)
We had another one of our famous Children’s Day on September 15 2013. We had a small turnout, because our event overlapped with the popular McLeod Ganj Festival; however, this had its advantages, as it ensured we were able to give each student our attention.
We started the day with a craft-making session with recycled materials including old CDs, rugs, cardboard and thread. Then, we spoke to the group about toxic waste, and how harmful batteries are to the environment when they are not segregated from one’s waste, and then disposed of separately. The children listened very attentively, and resolved to recycle their batteries properly in the future.
Airtel Hyderabad Marathon a Success! (25 August 2013)
The Airtel Hyderabad Marathon was a big success for Waste Warriors! Project Manager Tashi Pareek and our fabulous and experienced volunteer Swetha Dandapani put in a lot of time in the months running up to the day of the event in order to make sure that everything was organized. They worked closely with the marathon organisers to minimize waste and ensure we could recycle as much as possible.
Partnering with the Airtel Hyderabad Marathon (25 August 2013)
We are pleased to announce that Waste Warriors is the official waste-management partner of the Airtel Hyderabad Marathon 2013 (AHM). AHM is known to be one of the most well-organized marathons in India.
On August 25th 2013, AHM is hosting a half marathon and a full marathon, along with corporate runs and a full marathon relay. We are delighted that AHM is striving to ensure that this event is a green one. We are expecting approximately 6000 runners at the event and are looking forward to what is sure to be an unforgotteable experience!
5 LAKH AWARDED TO WASTE WARRIORS (22 August 2013)
We are delighted to announce that we have received recognition and financial support from the Union Minister of State for Tourism, Dr. K Chiranjeevi. On August 22nd, Chiranjeevi announced that he was personally giving a 5 lakh award to our founder Jodie Underhill “in recognition of her yeomen service to the cause of Uttarakhand flood tragedy relief.” During the flood disaster, Waste Warriors cleaned in and around the Sahastradhara helipad and Jolly Grant airport, while educating people about the harmful effects of styrofoam and mismanaged waste.
Anekant Palace Transformation: Part Two (Dehradun, August 2013)
Phase two of our Anekant Palace Transformation project meant the start of our door-to-door waste collection. Then, it was time to make the area look a bit greener. Where garbage had piled up, food waste had also decomposed – so, we had some great compost material to work with. We dug up the decomposed food waste and put it in the planters and hanging baskets.
On the third day, 20 students from the Doon school helped us clear a lot of the construction waste – they tirelessly dug out plastic and broken glass from the soil. Thus, after three days and a lot of hard work, we managed to transform the Anenkant Palace locality into a clean zone. We also collected a total of 46 bags of waste!
Anekant Palace Transformation: Part One (Dehradun, August 2013)
We have taken on the challenge of transforming the Anekant Palace into a clean zone! In support of our efforts, local businesses have agreed to donate a regular sum each month, and in return we are providing them with a car park attendant and a Waste Warrior to keep the area clean. With these systems in place, it was time to get started. Day one was all about cleaning up - after a few hours, we managed to collect about 20 bags of waste.
Creating a Wall Mural at Bhagsu Waterfall (Dharamsala, July 2013)
We joined forces with Field Services and Inter-Cultural Learning India (FSL) to paint a mural on the wall, located on-route to Bhagsu waterfall. The wall hadn’t been painted for a long time, so we had a lot of work to do. On the first day, we stripped old posters off of the wall and painted it white. The next day, we started work on the mural. On the last day, we had hoped to finish it completely but had to postpone our plans because of the rain. However, by the end, we had created a beautiful wall mural that promoted an “anti-littering” message, in both Hindi and English.
Fortis Hospital: Waterfall Project Launch (Dharamsala, 25 July 2013)
The Fortis Project launch started with our regular weekly clean-up at the Bhagsu waterfall. 15 volunteers from the American University came to help us, all whom did a fantastic job. We were also pleased to see a few of the café owners in the area showing their support by cleaning up. By the end of the day, we had collected a total of 15 bags.
The clean-up was followed by the official launch of the Fortis Project in the afternoon. A total of 50 Fortis Hospital staff attended the event. The project was inaugurated by Mr. G.S. Bali (Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer affairs Minister, HP). At the event, Mr. G.S Bali announced that Fortis would be donating 10 dustbins and 10 signboards, to help to ensure that area was kept clean.
Being a Waste Warrior for One Week (Dharamsala, June 2013)
We hired Jubanashwa Mishra from Delhi for one week to work with us as a Waste Warrior, as part of his ‘One Week Job India Project!’ As part of the project, Juhanashwa worked 28 jobs, in 28 weeks, throughout 28 states of India - thus immersing himself in a process of re-discovery. Anyone from India could offer him a job for a week - so we decided to! The wages that Jubanashwa collected during his working journey were donated to the Indian NGO Goonj. We thought this project was a great idea, and were happy to have Jubanashwa working with us.
Helipad and Airport Clean-up (Dehradun, 30 June 2013)
The Uttarakhand Flood Disaster has caused chaos across the state and everyone has been doing what they can to help. Garbage was becoming an issue at the langars (community kitchens) that had been set up for relief operations, and so we were glad that we were able to offer support. We assisted at the Helipad for a week then spent 3 days cleaning at Jolly Grant Airport too. We spoke to each and every kitchen in order to educate them about waste management, and to make the aware of the harmful effects that styrofoam has on the envrionemnt.
Clean-up at Rajpur Road (Dehradun, 9 June 2013)
A lot of municipality sweepers, who are in charge of collecting and clearing garbage, simply make piles of waste then walk away. When the pile gets really big, they light it on fire, despite the fact that this is a major health hazard and is a listed as an offence under the Municipal Solid Waste Rules. The Waste Warriors team was joined by six volunteers to pick up the piles of garbage scattered around Jakhan. We then did a clean-up down Rajpur Road. We collected 15 large bags of garbage altogether - a solid day's work, especially given the summer heat!
Volunteer in Indian Premier League 6 (Dharamsala, 16-18 May 2013)
Come volunteer with us! On May 16th and 18th, we need volunteers to help us manage the waste while the games go on at the stadium. This includes making sure that the vendors have garbage bags and that they are are using them, as well as that dustbins are placed appropriately and brought to our segregation areas when full. We want to maximize on segregation to ensure that we can recycle as much of the waste as possible. As a volunteer, you will also help us to talk to the public and request them to use bins and the buckets provided for food waste.
CRICKET STADIUM-CLEAN UP EXTRAVAGANZA (Dharamshala, 15-22 May 2013)
We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into when we agreed to take on all the cleaning at the cricket stadium. Waste Management is our forte, and we do it well, but the general cleaning of the entire stadium - including cleaning the toilets and mopping - was an entirely new challenge for us.
We cleaned the entire stadium daily from the 15th to the 21sth, since there were two IPL games and then a Celebrity Bollywood Match on the 20th! On match days, there were 22 000 people attending each game - you can imagine how much waste there was! However, after many long hours and a lot of hard work, we are proud to say we managed to clean it all.
Presentation on Waste Management (Dharamsala, 12 May 2013)
Waste Warriors did a presentation on the importance of waste management for students from the Social Work Department of Central University in Dharamsala. The next day, the students took action and volunteered at our clean-up at the Bhagsu waterfall. The students also served as volunteers for other activities, such as the IPL matches and art projects. Local participation is what we need to reach our goal, so let's spur these youngsters into action!
RALLY AGAINST ELECTION POSTERS (Dehradun, 5 May 2013)
Approximately 2000 people attended our rally against election posters on 5th May 2013. More than 500,000 posters were plastered over Dehradun in the run prior to the elections. Flyposting is illegal under The Uttaranchal Prevention of Defacement of Public Property Act 2003; however, the law is poorly implemented and action is hardly ever taken against offenders. It’s time for that to change!
A number of our own projects have been spoilt due to these posters and it’s not just public places that have been targeted - oftentimes, the private property of home and business owners is also bombarded illegally by such posters.
NEW GARBAGE BAGS
We are absolutely loving our new printed garbage bags, which have been donated to us by the company Tesna Tech. Tesna Tech has been supporting our work for a number of years and this project is no exception; this is the first batch of bags that Waste Warriors has printed! In order to run our projects, we need a lot of garbage bags - and this is exactly what Tesna Tech has provided us with. The company distributes polypropylene bags, packaging bags, gusseted bags, packaging bags, cattle feed bags, fabric bags, packaging bags and cement bags - so if you need bags, they’ve got it covered!
Earth Day Assembly at the Doon School (Dehradun, 22 April 2013)
We set out early in the morning on April 22nd to do a school presentation on Waste Management in celebration of Earth day. However, this presentation was especially meaningful to us because it was at the Doon School - one of India's leading schools, which is also highly recognized internationally. The students and teachers were very engaged throughout our presentation, as we told them about the work that we do. We're planning to collaborate on a number of initiatives with the Doon School - we look forward to our relationship evolving!
Him Jyoti School Cleanup Workshop (Dehradun, 20 April 2013)
The Waste Warriors team were delighted to be invited to Him Jyoti school, a boarding school which provides education to girls for free, to give a presentation and then to run a clean-up drive. We shared the story of Waste Warriors with the students through a slide show and they responded very positively. We were amazed to see the enthusiasm and the passion with which the girls handled the clean-up afterwards. The results afterwards were very noticeable - these girls are true Waste Warriors!
Yuuva Marathon Waste Management (Dehradun, 15 April 2013)
We have a lot of experience of managing waste at large events, but this was our first marathon. Yuuva Marathon at Dehradun was held for women’s empowerment and we put an emphasis on keeping the start, route and finish location clean instead of just cleaning up afterwards. The runners and volunteers did a great job of ensuring that waste at the event was managed properly - well done, everyone!
NOKIA FILMS FOR CHANGE SUPPORTED BY TVE : PHASE I (Dharamsala 1 April 2013)
Waste Warriors is a proud partner of Films For Change; a highly interactive program designed by TVE (Television Trust For The Environment) with support from Nokia and ATF. The project addresses issues such as low level of environmental awareness in Indian society and the absence of a platform to engage and initiate change. The program encourages young people to come forward to discuss and take action against injustices being done to the environment, in hopes that they will become active citizens.
March to Euro School (Dharamsala, 23 March 2013)
Waste Warriors joined in the Environment Day celebrations at Euro School. The school had put in a lot of effort to increase awareness of the importance of taking care of our environment, and to instill a sense of community spirit. After a small clean-up session and a march, we organized a waste segregation game for the kids. Overall, the response to the event was very positive.
The downside was that we noticed a lot of waste in the surrounding areas. We will be contacting the Dalai Lama’s office and the Norbulinka Institute to see if we can assist them in setting up a proper waste management system.
Can Radha and Lord Shiva keep walls poster free? (Dehradun, 19 March 2013)
We love transforming unsightly walls across the city! Our latest addition has been at Darshanlal Chowk. The Waste Warriors team stripped and cleaned the wall then the PWD kindly agreed to plaster it. A few coats of paint later and it was ready for the art work. Our volunteer artists Pan Trinity Das (Canada) and Ali Mae Thompson (U.S) made this once bleak wall into a work of art. Every day huge crowds gathered to watch, and the project was heavily featured in the media and even on TV!
The Clock Tower Makeover (Dehradun, 12 March 2013)
We decided to give the grounds around the Clock Tower some much-needed attention. The City Magistrate gave us permission to pull down the illegally placed flags and banners and several locals lent a hand to help us remove the numerous strings from the fence. We collected 4 bags of garbage and also collected a huge pile of stinking clothes, which were scattered around the area.
Triund Trail Clean-Up and Waste Collection (Dharamsala, 11 March 2013)
Spring has arrived, and the snow is nearly gone - so it's time to kickstart the Triund Clean Up Program! We went with a team of 9 volunteers and collected 22 bags of recyclables and 2 bags of non-recyclables. As soon as the snow clears further up the mountain we will head up to the Snowline cafe.
Over the winter the chai shops and guest houses store their waste until the collections can begin again. They understand the dangers of burning plastic so refrain from doing so and now take great pride in maintaining cleanliness in their surroundings.
Guna Temple Trail Clean-Up (Dharamsala, 9 March 2013)
After winter break, we organized a clean-up hike on the trails of the Guna Temple. We managed to collect 7 garbage bags as well as clean-up a dumpsite on the way to Galu at Dharamkot. Looking at the garbage situation, we decided to distribute garbage bags to locals to ensure the area remains clean.
We have made huge improvements in the cleanliness of Guna over the past two years. We pay RS.200 for every mule used to take the garbage away, but are yet to receive a single rupee from the people who run the temple.
Valentine’s Day Dumpsite Clearance (Dehradun, 14 February 2013)
Waste Warriors urged Doonites to show some love for their city, as opposed to just their loved ones on Valentines Day. We demonstrated our love for Dehradun by clearing a dumpsite opposite the Secretariat’s office, Rajpur Road. With a team of 4, we collected 33 bags of garbage from this open dumping ground. A representative from Doon Valley Waste Management joined us to speak to the shopping center next to the dumpsite, and the owner has agreed that from now on all waste will be collected by DVWM and not dumped on the site, as it has been in the past.
Educational Program with Rainbow School (Dharamsala, 9 February 2013)
Just cleaning up behind people is not going to solve the garbage problem in India. Addressing this fundamental issue, we conduct various educational programs in schools. We conducted one such program for 160 students of Class V at Rainbow School, Nagrota. With a group of 8 volunteers, we managed to tell them about environment-friendly habits in a fun, yet informative way.
Cricket Stadium Cleanup (Dharamsala, 27 January 2013)
The Waste Warriors team managed the waste generated at the Dharamshala Cricket Stadium during the India VS. England match. After gaining a lot of experience running such events during IPL matches, we knew how to take control and managed to do a worthwhile job! We separated food waste as much as possible so we could maximize on recycling. On the whole, it was a huge success. We worked from 6 AM until midnight, an exhausting but worthwhile day!
Managing the waste of 20,000 people is no easy task but working at the stadium always gives you a rush of adrenaline. It’s an exciting place to be!
Three Day Training Course for the Indian Army (Dehradun, 26 January 2013)
We conducted a three day Solid Waste Management Training Course for 25 Sanitary Inspectors from the Indian Army. We covered a number of modules including developing a solid waste management plan, managing door-to-door waste collections, the Municipal Solid Waste Rules, composting and managing bio medical waste. As always we emphasized on the three R’s – Reduce, Re-use, Recycle throughout the course.
District Magistrate Initiates Cleanup (Dehradun, 14 January 2013)
Waste Warriors assisted with a clean-up drive in the premises of the District Magistrate’s office and Collectorate. With full support from the District Magistrate and the City Magistrate we were joined by 30 student volunteers from DAV college, several sweepers from the municipality and members of our board. Everyone in the vicinity was encouraged to clean by the DM and they have pledged to ensure that no more dumping would take place within the grounds.
Clean-Up Drive with the Police Force (Dehradun, 6 January 2013)
Waste Warriors along with 20 Constables from the police lines carried out a clean-up drive at the SSP office premises. No dustbins and no waste collection meant the place was filled with trash despite repeated burning. We collected 48 bags of garbage from within the grounds and urged the SSP to purchase dustbins and sign up to DVWM’s waste collection service. Sadly this area has returned to it’s previous dirty state but we are pleased to report that they recently signed up to the collection as a result of our persistent efforts.
Kachara Mela – Children’s Day (Dehradun, 28 December 2012)
Educational but fun events for children are a great way to make the future generation more environmentally aware. The local kids of Doon Vihar joined us for a host of activities including our ever popular waste segregation game relay race, How Long Do I take to Biodegrade? memory game, garbage arts and crafts, poster colouring, painting and a clean up using our new litter grabbers. As always the kids had an amazing time and learnt a lot, information that we’re sure they’ll take home to their parents.
Bhagsu Waterfall Clean-Up (Dharamshala, 2 November 2012)
Waste Warriors cleaned up at the Bhagsu waterfall with a group of 8 people including a team of 4 interns from Symbiosis University, Pune. We concentrated on the main track since winter was setting in and it was dangerous to head too far from the path. We collected around 8 bags of garbage (both recyclable and non recyclable).