Issue Series #1: Seven Reasons Why Decentralized Waste Management is Best for Emerging Economies

Andrew Almack* The global waste crisis is rapidly growing. With waste generation estimated to increase to 3.4 billion tonnes by 2050, the effectiveness of systems that manage this waste has become vitally important to prevent environmental, health-based and societal issues. While developed nations have adopted centralised systems to manage their waste, developing nations have long … Continue reading Issue Series #1: Seven Reasons Why Decentralized Waste Management is Best for Emerging Economies

Issue Series #1: Reflections on EPR-based Systems Targeting Multi-Layered Plastics

Extended Producer Responsibility-based interventions can be designed to address these challenges in a way that strengthens the existing informal waste sector. EPR legislation for highly recyclable plastics like PET, HDPE, PP and LDPE, which are handled effectively by the informal sector, should be limited to strengthening this sector to maintain and report data on waste handled. Setting up centralized, private collection streams for these materials may be simpler for corporates, but will destroy the livelihoods of all the waste pickers and informal recycling sector actors who will be unable to survive without these viable materials.  Continue reading Issue Series #1: Reflections on EPR-based Systems Targeting Multi-Layered Plastics

Issue Series #1: Waste pickers and workers in the informal waste industry : The Pillars of Extended Producers Responsibility

Nalini Shekar and Kabir Arora A decade ago, the term ‘Extended Producer Responsibility’ (EPR) was either found in the textbooks of Environment Sciences or in the forgotten reports of many parliamentary committees. At that time as organisers of waste pickers and environmentalists, whenever we emphasised that the producers must pay for recycling or disposal of … Continue reading Issue Series #1: Waste pickers and workers in the informal waste industry : The Pillars of Extended Producers Responsibility

Panchkula’s Wastepickers Left Dumpsite and Now Do Composting

Kabir Arora Last year in July, I received a phone call from Mr. Rajesh Kumar, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Panchkula. As much as I like to work with municipal officers, it is very rare for me to receive such phone calls. He informed me that they are preparing a delegation of wastepickers from their city. The … Continue reading Panchkula’s Wastepickers Left Dumpsite and Now Do Composting