About Us

Whether you live in a city in Nepal or are just passing through, it’s hard to be oblivious to the fact that Nepal is choking under its own garbage and we are choking with it!

A tremendous amount of waste and filth is created daily due to unplanned urbanization, poor municipal management and lack of awareness. Unfortunately, due to lack of access to convenient services that allow appropriate disposal of waste, recyclable waste that could be used to generate marketable products is either lining up our streets, choking our rivers or ending up in landfills.

Doko Recyclers was born out of a desire to manage the tall garbage heaps and overflowing landfills of Kathmandu. This first of its kind social venture aims to solve Nepal’s ever-growing waste problem by streamlining the informal recycling industry and bring innovative solutions to make recycling significantly more efficient for everyone. The end result is hassle free services for managing your waste, as well as increased recycling rates and lower carbon emissions for the planet. Our objective is to make sure that the waste we create doesn’t end up on our streets or landfills but instead positively impacts our environment and economy. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

Our Team

The team that loves trash!

Ashma Basnyat

Waste Guru + Strategic Advisor

Ashma is a Master of Urban Planning graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, USA where she explored how solid waste management could be improved in Kathmandu to enable economic and community growth. As a part of Doko, Ashma provides technical, research, and strategic guidance enabling the team to assess impact, design segregation programs, and implement outreach strategies. She all too often geeks out about the unlimited potential effective solid waste management can have on community, economic, and environmental growth.

Ashma is currently based in San Francisco, USA.

Kushal Harjani

Waste Manager + Co-Founder

Kushal has an entrepreneurial nature, a strong work ethic, and a desire to continuously innovate. He is passionate about designing sustainable and evidence based practical solutions that combine his previous work experience in the private and social sector. He holds a master’s degree in Development Economics from the University of Goettingen, Germany and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from Washington and Lee University, U.S.A.

Neha Puri

Waste Wizard

Neha is commercial airline pilot with a deep desire to improve Kathmandu’s solid waste management practices. She is Doko's Waste Wizard - equipped with a unique ability to get things done. Her resourcefulness, proactiveness and attention to detail ensures that Doko fulfills its obligations with professionalism.

By training, Neha also holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering focusing on electronics and telecommunications from Pune University in India.

Raghavendra Mahto

Waste Minimizer + Co-Founder

Raghu has an appetite for working through ideas, iterating until they come to fruition. He enjoys the energy of working alongside motivated people on creating value through business model innovation. He graduated from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand with an MBA in Strategy & Technology Management and holds a degree in Electronics Engineering from NIT Allahabad, India.

Runit Saria

Waste Investigator + Co-Founder

Runit is a graduate in Computer Engineering from NIT Allahabad, India and previously worked at Infosys, Bhubaneshwar. Runit is keen on applying his systems approach to solid waste management where he is the team point person for ‘setting up’ processes and mechanisms. His background in manufacturing and trading, also makes him our point person for infrastructural and accountancy needs.

Shivani Saria

Relationship Manager

Shivani believes that our clients deserve quality service and information in order for them to make an effective environmental and social impact. This drive in combination with her experiences in social work, people management and communications makes her Doko’s point of contact for both customer and business relationship management, training resource for clients, and knowledge management.

Shivani comes to Doko with a background in Social Work focusing primarily on Public Health from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.