The State of Waste-pickers Turned Sanitary Workers in 2nd Cleanest City of India: Irregular Salaries, No Occupational Safety Gear and No Medical Leave

The story of the second cleanest city in India-Bhopal and those who keep the city clean. Kabir Arora The waste-pickers turned sanitary workers (Safai Karmacharis) in Bhopal are ill-paid, salary is irregular. They work for long hours and have no provision of medical leave. If skipped the day of work on the account of sickness, … Continue reading The State of Waste-pickers Turned Sanitary Workers in 2nd Cleanest City of India: Irregular Salaries, No Occupational Safety Gear and No Medical Leave

Bangalore’s Wastepicker Appeals to World Governments for Recognizing the Contribution of Wastepickers in New Urban Agenda

Indira, wastepicker from Bengaluru, made a passionate plea to world governments for recognizing contributions of wastepickers in ‘New Urban Agenda‘ during an event organized on the sidelines of United Nations (UN) Habitat III Prepcom at Surabaya, Indonesia. She emphasized on the fact that wastepickers keep the city clean. They save municipal corporations and local governments … Continue reading Bangalore’s Wastepicker Appeals to World Governments for Recognizing the Contribution of Wastepickers in New Urban Agenda

Five ‘Rs’ of Circular Economy- Reduce, Reuse, Refurbish, Repair and Recycle

Have you ever pondered over the role played by the neighbourhood- cobbler, electrician and tailor in recovering resources and reducing waste? Most of us have never even noticed them. If I say that they like wastepickers and recyclers are going to be the pillars of ‘Circular Economy’ envisioned by economically advanced countries, will you believe … Continue reading Five ‘Rs’ of Circular Economy- Reduce, Reuse, Refurbish, Repair and Recycle

Revised Solid Waste Management Rules Mandate Inclusion of Wastepickers!

The recently released Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 are a matter of celebration. They acknowledge the contribution of wastepickers in keeping our cities clean. Prescriptions are made for the inclusion of waste pickers and informal waste workers (identified as informal waste collectors) in waste management services. There are few flaws in the given document, those … Continue reading Revised Solid Waste Management Rules Mandate Inclusion of Wastepickers!