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The journey of Saahas began in 2001 with registration as a non-profit under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960. Wilma Rodrigues, a former journalist, founded Saahas to promote waste management practices in alignment with the very progressive Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000. In 2001, having the courage to found a non-profit organization to work on solid waste management with focus on resource recovery was indeed an act of courage, and hence the name ‘Saahas’.

Headquartered in Bangalore, we have since grown and are now operational pan-India across multiple states, working both in urban and rural areas. Over the years, Saahas has been innovating, incubating and propagating best practices related to solid waste based on principles of Circular Economy. In 2013, Saahas Waste Management Pvt Ltd, a socio-environmental enterprise also known as Saahas Zero Waste, branched out of the non-profit Saahas with an aim to provide end-to-end waste management services based on the principles of circular economy. Both organizations exist as independent entities working towards holistic solid waste management based on principles of Circular Economy.

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Enable India to become a leading Circular Economy where Nothing is Waste.


Pilot innovative resource management programs.
Collaborate closely with communities, administrators, businesses and lawmakers.
Evolve next practices for adoption of the Circular Economy.




Being true to our values and being ethical

Solution Driven


Working towards creating long term solutions that achieve real outcomes



Being committed and accountable for our actions, decisions and the accompanying impact, whether towards our work or towards the organisation



Creating an organisational environment where individuals irrespective of their background, education, class, caste, religion, gender, ability, etc. feel they are free to bring their best selves to engage and contribute towards the objectives of the organisation. Being consciously diverse, inclusive and fair in all our programs, interventions and solutions that we work on.



Working together as individuals or as an organisation, while building long term relationships with stakeholders in the ecosystem such as the community, partners, Govt administrative bodies to achieve the vision of the organization

Earth for Generations


Protecting the environment in our thoughts and actions for our future generations; leading the way to find workable ways of living gracefully and lightly on earth

Archana Tripathi

Secretary | CEO, Bengaluru

Divya Tiwari

Chief Knowledge Officer, Bengaluru

Sonia Garga

Chief Strategy Officer, Gurugram

Sunitha Jayaram

Director, Programs, Bengaluru

Mahesh Kumar

Director, Programs, Bengaluru

Rajbir Singh

Director, Programs Gurugram

Shailesh Gupta

Director, HR & Admin, Gurugram

Aarti Sachdeva

Program Manager, Gurugram

Hetal Jalad

Program Manager, Gurugram

Wilma Rodrigues

Founding Member | CEO, Saahas Zero Waste

Ashish Patel

Advisor | CMCA

Prof. Sourav Mukherji

Treasurer | Professor, IIM Bangalore

Pranay Lal

Member | Public health professional

Huda Jaffer

Member | Director, SELCO Foundation

Deepa Deo

Consultant and Coach | Orgnization Development

Bindiya Nagpal

Social Impact Consultant

Archana Tripathi

Secretary | CEO, Bengaluru

Satish Sinha

Associate Director, Toxics Link

Ankur Bisen

Author and Senior Partner, Technopak Advisors

Madhur Singh

Communications consultant

Awards and Recognitions


Yes, Saahas is a not for profit organization registered as a Society under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960.

Yes, Saahas has valid certifications required to receive FCRA and CSR funds. Refer Compliance tab for details.

Saahas works in urban and rural areas to help set up scientific and sustainable solid waste management systems through behavioural change, capacity building and providing technical handholding support. We work with all stakeholders and engage with communities, educational institutions, corporates and government authorities. We train and engage with informal waste workers to improve their work conditions and provide dignified livelihood opportunities in the waste management sector. We also undertake baseline assessment, situation analysis; monitoring & evaluation of solid waste management systems; research and document supply chains of different waste streams; design of waste processing systems like composting units, Material Recovery Facilities; pilot testing of specific waste processing/disposal technology apart for any other specific research/implementation requirement that might need our intervention and support. We provide customized trainings to meet the needs of elected representatives, executives of ULBs, Gram Panchayats, Government Functionaries, Corporate/PSU Employees and residential campuses and townships.

Saahas was founded in 2001 as a not-for-profit entity and works on behavioural change, capacity building and providing technical handholding support. We act as an enabler of the eco-system to help being about a change in how waste is looked at. Saahas Waste Management Pvt Ltd (aka Saahas Zero Waste) is an environmental and social enterprise founded in 2013. It branched out of the NGO Saahas in 2013 and is registered as a Pvt Ltd company. It provides waste management, EPR and consultancy services and promotes sale of upcycled products. Both the organizations are independent entities founded by Wilma Rodrigues.

No, Saahas doesn’t offer waste management services. These are provided by Saahas Waste Management Pvt Ltd.

Saahas works pan-India in rural, peri-urban and urban areas. We have no restrictions on geographies where we wish to work.

Yes, Saahas recognises the importance of engaging with the young citizens of the country to instil the ideas of sustainability and optimal usage of resources in them at a young age. We run customized programs for schools and educational institutions.

There are numerous opportunities for interested volunteers to engage with us. Refer to our page https://www.saahas.org/get-involved/volunteering-opportunities for details. We also engage corporate employees in the CSR projects funded by the Corporates.

As a large component of waste management involves behavioural change among the community and other stakeholders which takes time to show results, our projects are typically of a duration of 3-5 years. We typically work with budgets of Rs.20 Lakhs per annum and upwards per project. However, we also undertake short duration projects for baseline surveys, needs assessments, capacity building workshops etc.

No, the NGO Saahas does not produce or sell any recycled/upcycled products. However, we train women and men in making eco-friendly products / upcycled products as part of our interventions.