This model, transparent Non Government, Community based Organization was founded in 1991. Governments certalized solid waste system had collapsed and Vatavaran’s decentralized solid waste had been created. Peculiarly it started as a simple, informal, experimental, paid cleaning service in Asian Games Village- a green but unclean locality where household garbage was either lying around or hanging from trees in plastic bags, or was rotting in three over flowing, stinking Dhalaovs. Some ragpickers raking through garbage was a common scene. Ragpickers were organized, team was formed , training given, timeline decided for door to door collection of household garbage, transportation of garbage to a pre decided patch of waste land of the colony, segregation of garbage, composting of biodegradables, selling recyclables to local kabari who is part of the recycling chain, beautification of compost area, sweeping and cleaning of roads, lanes and green areas of the colony during 8 hour work shift with a lunch break . Decentralized Solid Waste Management service became a buzzword in the next two years with more and more localities wanting to launch the service. In 1993 Jawaharlal Nehru University wanted that service with a condition that it was formalized under a registered name. That’s when Vatavaran was registered. Vatavaran (www.vatavaran.org) has been a strictly not-for-profit, selfless, voluntary, community based, active, participatory organization for holistic, ecological and social betterment of the world around us; a hands on, and ‘determined to make a difference and in gratitude’ organization. During 30 years of its existence Vatavaran worked on many other earth friendly issues. In 2020 it took a revolutionary step. Vatavaran NGO was dissolved and Vatavaran Rhizome evolved with selected self sustaining organizations working in different fields and located in various parts of the country. As members of the rhizome they help each other to bloom and work selflessly. In 2022 the participant NGO’s have formed groups and taken up joint activities. At present Vatavaran Rhizome has two model projects dealing with two national issues- slums and monkeys, two service providers- Cleaning service and Colony Strays service. All that and more in this stream lined website.