How to contribute to a more sustainable future and a cleaner environment in Upper Dharamshala:
- Minimize your consumption of plastics and other non-biodegradable packaging.
- Eat less meat and more vegetables.
- Separate recyclable (dry) & non-recyclable (wet) waste for separate collection.
- Don’t burn your waste! Instead, give it to the CUDP’s Green Workers so that we can segregate it and recycle it.
- Ask hotel and restaurant managers how they deal with waste.
- Never throw waste on the street or in nature. Use public bins or take your rubbish back home.
- Leave your toxic waste (used batteries, expired medicine) at the Green Shop or the CUDP office.
- Refill water bottles with boiled and filtered water.
- Avoid taking taxis. Take the bus, or walk! Good for both your health and the environment.
- Create demand for locally produced and organic products by asking for them.
- Support the CUDP by visiting the Green Shop where you can refill your water bottle and buy recycled-paper products and other eco-friendly products.
- Prefer establishments with solar water-heating and other eco-friendly systems.
- Never flush toilet paper.
- Join a mass clean-up.
- Minimize unnecessary consumption of electricity and water – during the dry season, water scarcity is an acute problem, particularly in lower altitudes.
The Clean Upper Dharamshala Programme runs a waste-management scheme for Upper Dharamshala, including a separate collection of dry & wet waste. We also organize regular mass clean-ups where locals and visitors work together to clean up the local environment and raise awareness. Join in!
You can also attend a CUDP guided tour on Wednesdays (3 PM) at the Environmental Education Centre (EEC) for information on the local environment and a tour of the paper-recycling workshop. The EEC is next to the Green Shop, down the steps on Bhagsu Road, McLeod Ganj.