Fri Mar 3, 2017 10:24AM
This photo taken on January 10, 2017 shows garbage dumped by a lake in Bangalore. (Photo by AFP)
This photo taken on January 10, 2017 shows garbage dumped by a lake in Bangalore. (Photo by AFP)
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The extensive use of plastic packaging and the lack of garbage disposal systems are blighting villages in India's mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh.

Villagers are trying to get rid of the plastic by burning it, causing more environmental damage and a risk to health. But some local activists, called Waste Warriors, have been going door-to-door to collect people's trash.

The group wants to create a system of waste collection and recycling that is finally taken over by local communities and governments.

However, they also urging major corporations to take responsibility for collecting the plastic packaging they use. 

Last year alone, the waste warriors collected and sorted more than 630 tons of garbage from the mountainous villages. As data shows, 80% of the India’s population suffers from pollution-induced diseases and fatalities.