On the evening of 27th June 2017, a Dry Waste Collection Centre* (located in Ward number 161, near Gowdanapallya Kere) operated by erstwhile wastepicker Kumar Shankar caught fire. At the point, the centre was hosting approximately 1.5 to 2 tonnes of sorted waste material that was worth INR 30,000 and ready to be sold to the recycling industry.
The centre provides direct employment to 4 wastepickers and supports many other waste-workers by way of purchase of waste material from them. This system has now burned down and been reduced to ashes. The overall infrastructure loss is estimated to be worth INR 40,000.
Kumar Shankar is in immediate need of financial support for the restoration of the centre and for compensation of his losses.
Dry Waste Collection Centres (DWCCs) provide valuable employment and entrepreneurship opportunities to wastepickers and waste-workers in Bengaluru, and citizen involvement in their processes is essential.
Hasiru Dala seeks your support in bringing this DWCC back to life and in ensuring that the waste-workers involved in its functioning continue to find safe and dignified work through it.
Following are the bank details towards which you can direct your donation:
Account Name: Hasiru Dala
Bank: State Bank of Mysore
Account Number: 64132965349
IFSC Code: SBMY0040217
(The per-person donation amount range is set between INR 100 and INR 500. Once you have donated, please send an email to email@example.com. You can also call us at +91-9663427315)
*Dry Waste Collection Centres (DWCCs) are decentralised centres set for aggregation and sorting of recyclables and low/no value waste by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahangara Pallike (Greater Bangalore Municipal Corporation – BBMP). A substantial number of centres are operated by erstwhile wastepickers and informal waste collectors. The DWCC is a means of integrating the informal waste workers (wastepickers and waste-collectors) to have better livelihood opportunities.