As of July 2023, Aviral is owned by the Haridwar Nagar Nigam and it continues to reduce plastic waste from entering the Ganga.

About Aviral

Aviral is a pilot project that aims to reduce the amount of plastic waste entering the Ganga in the two holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh

As these cities grow bigger every year, there’s an equally bigger challenge. Haridwar and Rishikesh struggle to manage the amount of plastic waste generated by the city’s growing population which intensifies by the millions of visitors and devotees every year. The initiative, powered by the Alliance to End Plastic Waste and implemented by GIZ, in cooperation with Saahas NGO and Waste Warriors Society, is working with the Municipal Corporations of these two cities to adopt a sustainable approach to plastic waste management.

Rethinking plastic waste in the cities
of Rishikesh and Haridwar

The Aviral Communities

As part of the pilot project, Aviral aims to create waste-efficient communities in targeted locations of Haridwar and Rishikesh. Aviral is actively engaging with the following communities to change their behaviors around plastic waste and implement effective waste segregation and plastic waste management right at source.


  • Bharat Mandir


  • Harihar Mandir
  • Bilvkeshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Shiv Mandir Sharda Nagar
  • Sai Mandir Sharda Nagar


  • Pushkar Mandir
  • Adarsh Gram
  • Mayakund
  • Shri Bharat Mandir
  • Mukherjee Marg


  • Khanna Nagar
  • Awas Vikas
  • Sharda Nagar
  • Arya Nagar
  • Ram nagar


  • Maa Anandmayee Memorial School
  • Rishikesh Public School
  • Rajkiya Inter-College


  • Anandmayi Seva Sadan Mahila Inter College
  • Whizzkid International Sr. Sec. School
  • DAV Centenary Public School
  • Achievers Home Public School

Waste Dashboard

The following data has been collected from the two municipalities of Haridwar and Rishikesh since February 2021 through awareness generation campaigns, waste collection events, and waste worker training workshops.

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Our Initiatives
Take a step towards a Cleaner Ganga

Start from Home. Segregate Your Waste!

Everyday, large amounts of plastic waste from our homes enter into the Ganga! What can we do to change this? By segregating our waste at home. The simple task of throwing our wet, dry, and domestic hazardous waste in three seperate bins can help reduce the plastic waste entering our streets, landfills, and the Ganga.

Let's Clean the Ganga, Three Bins At a Time

Wet Waste

  • Vegetables
  • fruits
  • egg shells
  • chicken/fish bones
  • leftover food
  • flowers
  • leaves

Dry Waste

  • Plastic bag
  • plastic wrappers
  • tetra paks
  • newspapers
  • Aluminium Foil
  • glass bottles
  • rubber
  • Textiles
  • Paper

Domestic Hazardous Waste

  • Sanitary napkin
  • diaper
  • medicine
  • nails
  • blade
  • Syringe
  • bandages
  • paint
  • Condoms

Why Should I Segregate My Waste?

Segregating our waste in separate bins is the first step towards a cleaner Ganga. By segregating we facilitate the recycling process, allowing for a faster circularity into the economy. This simple practice has several benefits:

  1. Wet waste can be used for composting
  2. Dry waste can be recycled to make new products
  3. Domestic hazardous waste can be disposed safely to avoid any health hazards
  4. Improvement in the waste collection system
  5. Providing livelihood to informal waste workers
  6. Promoting a circular system from waste to value
  7. Reduction in the plastic waste entering the Ganga

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