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  Clean Himalaya Project
Category: Welfare
Year: 2000 onwards
Location: Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India
Organisation: The Clean Himalaya Society

The Clean Himalaya Project aims to preserve the beauty and holiness of the river Ganges and the Himalayas. The focus of the project is to develop a comprehensive waste management program including recycling dry waste, vermi-composting organic waste and serve as a model for other communities to replicate. Started by a few disciples of the American spiritual leader Andrew Cohen, the project went on to become a winner of World Bank - India Development Marketplace 2007 Award for grassroots initiatives for Management and protection of Natural Resources.


In the Central Himalayan region - Muni-ki-Reti, Tapovan and Laxman-jhula area in Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India, are holy pilgrimage for the Hindus, facing difficulty to cope with the increasing tourist inflow, unplanned development and other factors. Began by picking up plastic bottles on the roadside, the project now includes daily organic and non-organic garbage collections, segregating them into recyclable and non-recyclable waste and take actions, providing free public services including special cleanliness drives and environmental education.


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