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How it works

The main elements of Clean Himalaya's work are: 

 Community Public Service
 Paid Workers and Volunteers


Our team of paid workers do garbage collections six days a week from over 400 households, hotels, ashrams, shops and restaurants, in about 50% of our project area. Customers pay a monthly fee based on a sliding scale.

Non-organic garbage such as plastic, paper, glass, metal, batteries etc is collected and transported to our workshop for segregation, to be later sold for recycling.

Non-recyclables are transported to a dump in Rishikesh. However our aim is to develop an eco-friendly method of either reusing or disposing of non-recyclables.

Organic waste is at present collected from hotels and restaurants and transported to a local pit. Proposals have been given by Clean Himalaya to the Government requesting them to either lease us land so that we can have a facility for composting our own food waste, or alternatively for them to take advantage of our skills to train their own staff to compost both their and our organic waste.

All non-organic recyclable waste is taken by truck or theli to our workshop, where it is segregated into different grades of plastic, paper, glass, metal etc. It is then transported to Rishikesh where it is sold for recycling. In places where we collect both non-organic and organic waste, segregation at the source becomes essential. We provide our customers with on-going training and if needed waste bins with organic and non-organic stickers.

 Free Community Public Service
We offer a free community public service, which is a regular supervised cleaning of the roadsides and drains of our project area. We also hold regular clean-up campaigns involving school students, rafting companies, visitors to Sivananda Ashram and Sacha Dham Ashram and foreign and local volunteers. We also have positioned garbage bins for the heavy tourist population at strategic spots around our whole project area, which our workers maintain.

We give educational talks, slide shows and competitions at local schools on global warming, care for the environment, civic awareness and proper waste management. We provide tours of our workshop and our working project. We do house-to-house visits with our Pradan to educate the local community in health and environmental issues and proper waste management, and to explain the concept of Clean Himalaya to new registrants. We distribute educational material to schools, households and organizations. We periodically offer local medical camps. We place educational road signs on our community roads. And we participate in conferences nationally to speak about the work we are doing.

 Paid Workers and Volunteers.
Our paid sanitary workers cover all our daily garbage collections, segregation at our workshop, the public service and maintenance of bins. They are trained by our project manager and provided with uniforms and identity cards. We provide opportunities for Indian and Western volunteers to participate in many aspects of the project, especially supervising the public service. 

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