Issue Series #1: Extended Producers Responsibility and Inclusion: Flexible plastic packaging: want not, waste not, but how?

by Sumangali Krishnan Recovery of Post Consumer Plastic Packaging. Plastics in packaging are actively being targeted in a bid to prevent them from ending up in the ocean or landfills and dumpsites. To stem this flow, we must either stop consuming plastic and actively ensure that the plastic once used – is captured in a … Continue reading Issue Series #1: Extended Producers Responsibility and Inclusion: Flexible plastic packaging: want not, waste not, but how?

Issue Series 1 Extended Producers Responsibility and Inclusion: Brazil’s Extended Producer Responsibility and its Interface with Waste Pickers

Sonia Dias* The recycling industry since its early beginning had always relied on the work carried out by informal recycling workers in Brazil, the “catadores de materiais recicláveis” (pickers of recyclables). As household waste collection falls under the responsibility of municipalities the informal sector in Brazil works primarily reclaiming recyclables either as autonomous workers or … Continue reading Issue Series 1 Extended Producers Responsibility and Inclusion: Brazil’s Extended Producer Responsibility and its Interface with Waste Pickers

When the Minister read postcards written by waste pickers’ children

Aditya Vyas & Shrenik Mutha Waste pickers and other informal sector waste workers make a living collecting, sorting, recycling, and selling materials that others throw away. They contribute to local economies, public health and environmental sustainability. The vast majority of waste pickers in India are women, and Dalits, who have been invisible to society, faced … Continue reading When the Minister read postcards written by waste pickers’ children

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