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

Andrew Almack* A Culture of Circularity  India is extremely blessed to have a functioning network of informal waste collectors, kabadiwalas and aggregators that work cohesively despite how decentralised their network is. Having tried and tested their methods for decades, the circular economy has been embedded in the culture and the resourcefulness of these players – … 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

Post-COVID 19 lockdown forecast for the informal recycling sector and suggestive interventions to help in the long term

Kabir Arora 1. Preference may be given to waste to energy over recycling The recycling industries across the world and in India are completely shut. The supply chains of materials for recycling have been disrupted. Waste management has been identified as essential services. Waste is being collected from households. In the cities where segregation is … Continue reading Post-COVID 19 lockdown forecast for the informal recycling sector and suggestive interventions to help in the long term