Supported By

Sampoorna Swachata Abhiyan, Karoda


Supported By

Demonstrating a sustainable rural waste management program in rural Rajasthan


Karoda Panchayat, Alwar District

Supported By

Pernod Ricard India Foundation

Focus Areas

Awareness & Behaviour Change, Setting up end to end SWM


Sept 2019 to June 2023


1,100 households


70-80 kgs of dry waste per day



Key stakeholders

Community, entrepreneur, Rural Local Body

The objective of the project was to set up solid waste management systems as per SWM Rules 2016, in the villages of Karoda, Dish, and Ajmeripur, In Alwar, Rajasthan. In order to achieve total sanitation, it is important to look beyond achieving ODF status, to implement safe and scientific disposal of solid and liquid waste. Safe sanitation & hygiene practices have a direct impact on public health, especially of vulnerable sections of society, the economy, and the environment. This program addressed the solid waste management portion of Sanitation.

This program covered the following villages,

Phase 1: Karoda, having around 400 HH
Phase 2: Dhis and Ajmeripur, approximately having 300 HH each.

Key achievements of this project were:

  • A sustainable collection system run by an entrepreneur and supported by two women from the villages has been set up. The door-to-door collection is being done using an electric vehicle procured in the project, promoting clean and green energy and making operations cost of the vehicle near zero
  • We were able to guide and motivate the Gram Panchayat to set up a Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) for sorting and storage of dry waste constructed using funds available under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin)
  • The entrepreneur collects a user fee from each of the households to meet the operational expenses of weekly dry waste collection. 
  • The system is operational even after Saahas withdrew its support in April 2023.
  • Karoda Gram Panchayat has been listed as a “Rising” Gram Panchayat under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), a flagship project of GoI to promote sanitation, hygiene and waste management in villages
  • The project was awarded a scroll of honor by the West Bengal Governor and a special mention by the Jury at the 6th Indian Chamber of Commerce Social Impact Awards 2023

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