It Started With A Dream!
A young British traveler, Jodie Underhill, visited India in 2008 and was mesmerized by the country’s beauty. However, she was heartbroken when she witnessed how severe India’s garbage problem was! She started a voluntary organization named ‘Mountain Cleaners’ and organized weekly cleanup from Triund, a remote but garbage-stricken mountain camp, a four-hour hike from McLeod Ganj.
Later in 2012, Jodie registered a non-profit, Waste Warriors, in Dehradun with a dream to clean up the entire country. Tashi Pareek & Minakshi Pandey were early leaders who joined Jodie to help Waste Warriors work in Dharamshala, Dehradun, and the outskirts of the Corbett Tiger Reserve.
Avinash joined Waste Warriors as a volunteer in 2012, and eventually due to his commitment to the cause and the organisation, became the CEO in 2018. Avinash helped build various models and helped navigate the first wave of the covid pandemic. He was the CEO till December 2020.