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Waste Warriors
Dharamsala
Newsletter

2014
WASTE WARRIORS DHARAMSALA NEWSLETTER
Welcome! Educational Programmes
Waste Warriors wishes you a clean and green 2014! The year gone by has been a roller coaster ride for us but with many proud achievements that we'd love to share with you. Here's a sneak peak!
Triund – Cleanest Mountain Camp in India?
We’re pleased to report that the weekly waste collection at Triund is still running smoothly thanks to the hard work of our staff and volunteers. The community including the municipal authority has noticed the remarkable difference we have made in Triund since 2009 making it possibly the cleanest hiking destination in India.
Education is high on our priority list. We reach out to the next generation to make them a little more environmentally conscious. We hosted activity sessions at Euro Kids, Sidhpur and Rainbow School, Kangra.
Tashi also did a presentation at Central University which got many students interested in our work & some even volunteered in our art projects, clean ups and waste management project at Dharamsala Cricket Stadium.
Children’s Day’s
Our monthly educational Children’s Days are conducted on the last Sunday of every month and continue to be a big success with visible changes seen among the kids in the community.
New Waste Warriors Head Quarters
Waste Warriors have moved to a much more suitable location.
The new HQ has an open space for sitting, a courtyard, a separate office, proper storage facilities and enough space for composting, organizing events and also hosting our Children’s Day programs.
It is only two minutes away from the main Bhagsu Square, nestled in a forest area on the road to Dharamkot. Huge thanks to Bhupesh Bhupati for making the down payment for us.
We can now offer volunteer accommodations at very affordable rates especially for our long term volunteers. If you are interested, please get in touch.
Tetra Pak Recycling
We sent our Tetra Pak to Chandigarh for recycling. We didn't make any money due to the transport costs but at least it's not rotting slowly at the dumpsite. Why don't you try making a wallet out of your used Tetra Pak cartons? Get in touch for instructions.
Door to Door Waste Collection
Having regular money coming in is a must for any project and we now generate a steady source of income from our door to door waste collection service. We are currently collecting waste from over 100 households and businesses. The staff keep the money from the sale of recyclables from the collection but we keep the money from recyclables collected from our clean up hikes. We would like to expand this service in the future. Five paid waste workers are appointed for the door to door collection and to maintain the cleanliness of the areas they are working in.
Goodbye Guna Temple
We have decided to discontinue the weekly waste collection from Guna due to lack of support and financial assistance from the Temple authorities.
A large number of donations are made at the temple but they offered us only rs5000 per year to run the project there. We have yet to receive a donation from them despite collecting their garbage for the past two years. We are now conducting community clean-ups on Saturday’s around the Bhagsu area instead.
Dharamsala Stadium
– Cleaning Extravaganza
We now felt ready to manage the entire waste management contract at the stadium during the IPL but were faced with a dilemma! The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) and King’s XI Punjab told us that we would have to be responsible for housekeeping as well including cleaning toilets and mopping. We decided in a true Waste Warrior spirit to accept the challenge.
Imagine a handful of 100 people managing the waste for more than 75,000 over a period of 8 days! One person responsible for the waste of 650 people was excruciating, insane but at the same time exciting!! The experience, the amazing people we met and the donations we received from the HPCA and Kings XI Punjab totalling 3.5 lakh made it worth all the efforts. It cost us 2.5 lakh to run the waste management project so the lakh that we made allowed us to pay all of the outstanding salarles, some of them from December! Even though we had far less volunteers than we were hoping for, we thank each and every one of them who stuck by us in spite of the pressure.
We also received 20 dustbins from the HPCA and our T –shirts worn on match days were sponsored by Fortis. Bhupesh Bhupathi donated enough gloves for everyone and 100 Waste Warriors shirts with a fab new design by Pan Trinity Das.
One Week Job India Project
Jubanashwa Mishra from Delhi volunteered with Waste Warriors for a week under the One Week Job India Project, where he took up 28 jobs in 28 weeks throughout 28 states of India immersing himself in a process of re-discovering, re-defining and re-envisioning himself. It was an eye opening experience for him to volunteer with us for a week ste Warriors, where he joined in for our clean ups, hikes, community events and door to door collection!
The Garbage Girls - Documentary
Marc O’Gleasain and Raja Nundllal, two Irish filmmakers have documented a lot of our work in the past and this time they were in India for almost two months making a full feature documentary about Waste Warriors and our very own Garbage Girls, Tashi and Jodie.
A major part of the movie was shot whilst we were managing the waste at Dharamsala Stadium so get ready for tears, excitement and never ending drama! The complete movie will take around six months to complete so we’ll keep you posted.
Thanks to the countless posters being put by various businesses the walls in Bhagsunag desperately needed some splash of colours.
We painted the town green this year with a number of wall restoration projects, murals with the help of many volunteers which not only look beautiful but spreads an important message to the community and tourists alike. The weather prolonged the project, but thanks to the many volunteers who have helped us get the job done. If you want to contribute your artistic skills, please get in touch, we have enough projects lined up for you!
Fortis Hospital sponsors Bhagsu Waterfall Project
We are proud and delighted to announce that Fortis Hospital Kangra have sponsored our Bhagsu Waterfall Project and have made a donation of Rs.43,000 towards 10 dustbins, 5 signboards & 3 waste workers staff to ensure that the area is maintained constantly. They have also sponsored 355 t-shirts which is great working gear, spreads our message and also helped generate funds.
The project was launched in August and started with our regular weekly clean-up at the waterfall with 15 volunteers from the American University along with the cafe owners at the waterfall (Surprise!).
The clean-up was followed by the official launch in the afternoon, inaugurated by Mr. G.S. Bali (Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer affairs Minister, HP) and attended by Col Harinder Singh Chahal, Regional Director Fortis (North), Mr. Ravinder, Director Fortis Kangra along with 50 Fortis staff. Mr. G.S Bali announced that 10 dustbins and 10 sign boards will be donated to Waste Warriors for the use of the community. We still await the receipt of the dustbins but are confident that it is a small step to a cleaner future.
Clean India Day
We celebrated 'Clean India Day' by conducting a workshop for the NSS camp with Fortsyth Ganj School in on 25th October. The students were engaged in making creative use of waste paper, followed by banner making, presentations based on concepts of recycling & correct waste management systems at home. Clean India Day is an initiative by Imagindia Foundation where thousands of citizens in over 60 cities of India, stepped out on the streets to spread awareness about cleanliness in India. We were happy to be a part of it.
Mahindra Donates Bolero Pick Up
We are delighted to announce that the Bolero Pick Up Trucks donated by Mahindra and Mahindra have finally arrived in Dharamsala! We are very optimistic of utilizing this opportunity to reach out to places like Naddi, Dharakmot where correct waste collection systems is the need of the hour. Meeting with panchayats is already in the pipeline to start work in these places.
Waste Warriors are very proud to have the support of the Mahindra Group and very excited of the growth and opportunity that lies ahead. A Big thank you!

First ever Triund Trail Race
Triund, our pilot projct encountered the first ever trail race organized by Mountain Trail Running and Chrysalid Outdoors with Waste Warriors as the waste management partners for the event. It was a day of chilly morning, lot of cleaning, planning, fun, meeting lovely people, seeing old faces and of course a lot of hiking. We were proud to say that the local community decided to volunteer for the event and the group was divided in groups of two ensuring not only the cleanliness of the route but also clearing out the backlog of the past week. We were pleasantly surprised to see the mininmum packaging at the event and the total waste from the race amounting to only 10 kgs. We look forward to the race this year!
Be a Waste Warrior
We are sad to inform you that Abhi Gupta, our project assistant has resigned from Waste Warriors. He will be terribly missed but we wish him all the best for the future!
We are on the look-out for a project assistant in Dharamsala. Here is a chance for people to do something different & meaningful. Please check this link for job info and requirements.

Get in touch
Like what we do? Get in touch and find out ways about how you can support us .

Waste Warriors
Behind Ravine Hotel,
Bhagsunag, Dharamsala,
Himachal Pradesh: 276219
India
dharamsala@wastwarriors.org
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