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

Bangalore’s waste-pickers hope the new decade will be on their side

Junaid ul Shafi & Nalini Shekar The year 2020 was catastrophic for all sectors of the global economy, but the informal economy was most impacted. The pandemic and lockdown destroyed the livelihoods of those working in informal recycling. In those turbulent times, Hasiru Dala stood with waste-pickers and other informal workers. It ensured that no … Continue reading Bangalore’s waste-pickers hope the new decade will be on their side

Envisioning Better Implementation of Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016

The Plastic Waste Management Rules, that were notified on 18th March, 2016, clear a lot of ambiguity which was governing the management of plastic waste management in the previous years. While one can endlessly critique the rules and find fault in them, this post is not going to take that route. Considering that these are … Continue reading Envisioning Better Implementation of Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016

Bringing synergies between India’s climate action & Swach Bharat Abhiyaan is must

With world governments meeting in Paris later this year for deciding on global climate agenda, mitigation and adaptation are going to be buzzwords of the day. Many think these are mere talks, with no actual outcome in hand. For that perception to fade, in the year 2007, at Bali, world governments agreed to come up … Continue reading Bringing synergies between India’s climate action & Swach Bharat Abhiyaan is must