Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
Nainital, Uttarakhand
Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Munnar, Kerala


Hilldaari is an initiative supported by Nestlé India to develop inclusive, contextualized and resilient models for solid and plastic waste management, in the tourist cities of the country since 2018. It is currently being implemented in Mussoorie and Nainital in Uttarakhand, Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh, Ponda in Goa, Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra and Munnar in Kerala with Stree Mukti Sanghatana as the implementation partner, as well as with Recity as the technical partner. This initiative has streamlined the Municipal Solid Waste systems of post-consumer plastic waste across cities


Mixed Waste disposal and Littering

Consumers in tourist cities don’t segregate waste and litter irresponsibly, leading to increased mixed waste in the landfills

Poor occupational safety & security

Formal and informal workforce, especially in tourist areas, is challenged with low income, deprived of socio-economic security and poor working conditions.

Inadequate waste governance mechanisms

The Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) often struggle to monitor waste management and have minimal reporting mechanisms, resulting in inadequate funds for better resources and infrastructure.

Geographical constraints

The terrain of hills and steep valleys make it difficult for the vehicles to efficiently carry out waste collection


Diversion of waste from landfills
  • Behavior change activities held to ensure source segregation and anti-littering 
  • Digital technology deployed for real-time visibility and transparency when governing the journey of waste
  • Clean-up drives organized to encourage city’s participation and build ownership of the environment
  • Visible transformation of open spaces in cities to instill a sense of belongingness among citizens and strengthen their connection with their cities, through wall arts and placement of recycled and upcycled infrastructure
Professionalization of the Workforce
  • Access ensured to improved income and performance-based incentives of the workers, 
  • Formal access created to social security schemes and government benefits to bridge gaps and facilitate stability in their earnings
  • Healthy work opportunities enabled through health camps for the workforce
  • Upskilling and training programs deployed for improving efficiency of the workforce and opening avenues to alternate sources of income
  • Self Help Groups (SHGs) and other collectives enabled with skills and better opportunities
Unlocking Sustainable Business Models for Urban Local Bodies
  • Business models developed for the city governments to unlock revenue.
  • Monitoring of their city’s waste enabled with access to insightful data dashboards


17,500+ MTs

waste diverted from landfills


Property Units governed under the technology platform


Households engaged with, for behavior change


Waste Workers professionalized


Waste Workers trained with alternate sources of income


Waste Generators

Residents, Tourists, Hotel Associations, Markets, Religious Institutions, Hospitals

Government Bodies

Urban Local Bodies, Gram Panchayats, District Collector’s Office, Forest Departments

Waste Sector Workforce

Local Non-profits

Local SHGs, Co-operatives & Associations



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