About cleanup Nepal


Who We Are

Clean up Nepal is a for-purpose, non-governmental organization registered in Nepal in 2014 that envisions communities having access to a solid waste management and water, sanitation and hygiene system with the associated knowledge and resources that will enable them to live a healthy, disease-free life. It provides an enabling environment by connecting, educating and empowering local communities and relevant stakeholders through a people-centered, solution-based approach.

Clean up Nepal focuses on improving the health of public and environment through systematic improvements of existing waste management systems and assisting in the setup of new systems where none exists. Due to limited research on waste management operations and functions and the multifaceted challenges in the waste sector of Nepal, Clean up Nepal’s approach has been to obtain a complete and accurate understanding of existing systems prior to program design and community solutions. We particularly engage with schools, communities and local governments in order to implement solutions in a synergistic manner.


Urbanisation, development and tourism are great for our economy. However they have been increasing the production of waste and Nepal does not yet have all the systems in place to cope. Waste is either burnt leading to bad air quality or dumped haphazardly destroying the health of our people, land, and water resources. It is not just Nepal with waste management problems. Plastic in our rivers and oceans is at record levels and microplastics are increasing in the food we consume from water sources. At least plastic must be recycled and where possible refuse and reuse of plastic bags and bottles must be pursued effortlessly.

Climate change is a real, evident threat to Nepal. With significant decline in air quality and improper disposal of waste, our neighbourhoods, air and water sources are severely polluted. The constant release of carbon components are causing weather fluctuations, landslides and floods while destroying the very resources we live and survive on.

Our Mission

Clean spaces, clean air, clean water, and knowledgeable communities that thrive with responsible
lifestyles and good health.

  • Educating and training the youth, students and the wider community on issues of waste management including waste segregation, recycling, composting and greater awareness of consumption patterns.
  • Engaging government and private waste management companies by providing a data and management platform to optimise waste management services and increase service access and quality.
  • Engaging communities to address basic waste management issues such as haphazard littering, waste burning and improved community waste management.
  • Empowering like-minded people and organisations with passion for improved surroundings to have a voice within Nepal.

Our Journey

Clean up Nepal has evolved from just community cleanups to programs that engage schools, locals governments and civil society organisations to work in synergy.

The image of trash-lined roads wouldn’t leave our founder Dr. Neelam Pradhananga. Inspired by Clean up Australia, she identifies gaps in waste management of Nepal and decides to work with local communities using a ground-up, grassroots approach.
First nationwide cleanup campaign held in 20 districts of Nepal with the partnership of 132 local community groups. About 15,430 volunteers participated in clean ups .
Clean up Nepal was officially registered in Nepal and Litter-free Neighbourhood programs began in various communities and Keep Itahari Clean was among the first partner to join.
The Nationwide Cleanup program got bigger and gave rose to other campaigns such as Green up Nepal, Trash Art, and advocacy and capacity building programs to tackle waste burning and dumping.
Nepal Waste Map and Zero Waste at Schools, the breakthrough solution-based programs began and provided the platform and resources to learn, share and collaborate in addressing waste management issues of Nepal.
Clean up Nepal begins working on air quality issues in Kathmandu. Nepal Waste Map and Zero Waste at Schools significantly grows to other cities of Nepal.

2014 -15
2017- 2018

Our Governance

Clean up Nepal was legally registered as a non-governmental organisation at the District Administration Office in 2014. It is affiliated with the Social Welfare Council and obtained a Permanent Account Number (PAN) from the Inland Revenue Department in the same year. Clean up Nepal’s governance structure is regulated by a Constitution and a set of policies enacted by the Executive Board. The Constitution is enacted and changed by the membership of Clean up Nepal, while policies are managed and altered as needed by the Clean up Nepal Board.
Clean up Nepal’s business is managed by the Executive Board who monitor and safeguard the organisation with robust and independent judgment so that it continues to achieve its mission and objectives. The Board is responsible for the organization’s overarching strategic direction and for ensuring that appropriate governance, risk management and compliance systems are in place. The Board has also developed a Charter to assist in explaining its role and relationship with Clean up Nepal stakeholders.
people have participated in cleanups
locations cleaned up
districts of Nepal