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

Mangaloreans Initiate Removal of Plastic Waste from Their Coastline

Rohini Malur When we think of marine/ocean plastic pollution, we think of now-famous images by western photographers – the seahorse coiled around a cotton bud, the turtle with a straw stuck in its nose, causing so much pain and fear. Whales with their bellies full of plastic, and seagulls with their beaks stuck in can … Continue reading Mangaloreans Initiate Removal of Plastic Waste from Their Coastline

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

All the Dry Waste Collection Centres in Bangalore should be Operated by the Waste-pickers

To The Commissioner Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). Bengaluru. Memorandum We the wastepickers and itinerant buyers and small scrap dealers ask and demand that our livelihoods be protected by integrating us into the solid waste management system of the city. We are listing the reasons why we form skilled labour and how we support the … Continue reading All the Dry Waste Collection Centres in Bangalore should be Operated by the Waste-pickers