Calderdale’s Garbage Girl cleans up in India

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Jodie Underhill, 34, from Cornholme, has been tidying up the Triund mountain trek in the Himachal Pradesh district since she visited in 2009.

She was appalled about the amount of rubbish she came across and founded the organisation Mountain Cleaners, which has since involved hundreds of volunteers from around the world.

Jodie Underhill, aka Garbage Girl, who has started a group called Mountain Cleaners, which tidies up rubbish in the Himalayas.

Jodie Underhill, aka Garbage Girl, who has started a group called Mountain Cleaners, which tidies up rubbish in the Himalayas.

Jodie said: “You don’t have to have a university degree to help people. I can honestly say they are very appreciative of what we’re trying to do in India.

“It has proved simple and easily replicable at relatively low cost. We are expanding to other remote camps, trekking routes and tourist areas.” She added: “I love it with all my heart and feel I’m achieving my life’s mission.”

The group works with government organisations, local people, businesses, tourists and schools to provide sustainable solutions to dispose of waste.

Last year the project was presented with a Green Hero award from the Centre of Media Studies in India, which resulted in TV news coverage and articles in magazines, newspapers and websites across the globe.

The project was initially funded by Jodie but now receives donations from India and the UK. Fund-raisers are being held at Cornholme Working Men’s Club on Friday and at The Cross in Heptonstall on Saturday.

Both start at 8pm when a short film about the Mountain Cleaners will be shown, followed by live music.

If you want to donate, become a recruit or learn more, visit www.mountaincleaners.org or e-mail Jodie at jodie@mountaincleaners.org

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