A Waste-Free Oxfam Trailwalker 2019

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A Waste-Free Oxfam Trailwalker 2019

Oxfam’s biggest annual global fundraiser was introduced in India in 2012. Saahas Zero Waste’s waste management consultants have been sustainably managing the waste at Oxfam Trail walker for 3 years. Through the effort put in by our team, we were able to recover 66 percent of resources from the 2.4 tonnes of waste generated at the event. HIGHLIGHTS: 2000 people across 100 kms 2.4 tonnes of waste handled sustainably 2.5 tonnes of GHG emissions averted 15 member team 48 hours

Oxfam’s biggest annual global fundraiser was introduced in India in 2012, in the city of Bengaluru. With a core ideology of fighting inequalities, Oxfam’s values align with our own. It is for this reason that we’ve been sustainably handling waste for this huge event for 3 years now.

In Bengaluru, the walkathon comprised a 100 km and 50 km stretch, took place over over 48 hours and was held during the 18th – 20th of January. It commenced in Nandi Hills, on the outskirts of Bengaluru and saw a total footfall of almost 2000 people comprising walkers, support staff, and volunteers.


Our Strategy


There were a total of nine checkpoints at regular intervals across the stretch. At these checkpoints, participants could rest, receive medical treatment and was also were they could eat the meals.

It was also here that the dustbins were stationed, along with our team – 6 field staff, 3 supervisors, 6 members from management team.

The entire team remained on-site for the 48-hour event.

Oxfam provided us with dustbins and also communicated the waste management initiatives in place at the event to their entire crew. They moved away from plastic cutlery this year, as per the plastic ban instituted by the Government of Karnataka.

  The big day!  

Our 15-member team was divided into dynamic sub-teams, each manning 3 – 4 checkpoints at any given point of time. Operations were front-ended by the core team who liaised with the organisers and assisted participants in proper segregation of waste at all points of waste generation.


At the back-end, waste was segregated, packed and loaded onto our vehicles.

4 vehicles were deployed during various stages of the event to collect and transport waste to the SZW hubs. Wet, dry, reject and sanitary waste was collected by our team and transported to the right end destinations.

While wet waste was transported to a KSPCB-approved biogas plant for biomethanation, dry waste was sent to SZW’s Material Recovery Facility, where it was segregated into 14-17 different categories.

  Our Impact  
Waste streams Quantity of waste generated per day (in kg)
Wet waste 900
Dry waste 813
Non – recyclable / unrecoverable  waste 880
 Total  waste 2,593
Total Quantity of waste at Oxfam Trailwalker 2019 2.4 tons of waste was generated at this event. However, through segregation of waste at source by our team, recovery of 66% of the waste generated at Oxfam Bengaluru 2019 was possible. By biomethanizing wet waste and recycling dry waste, the release of approximately 2.54 tons of GHG emissions was averted. 1,713 kgs of waste was successfully diverted from landfills. Field staff and supervisors deployed to the Trailwalker were paid overtime for their services throughout the 48-hour duration. This was the greatest example of teamwork, resilience, patience and determination I’ve ever experienced. Thank you for the faith in the operations team in the execution of this mammoth task.” Priyanka Jariwala Project Manager, SZW
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