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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers
India City ragpicker to world: Treat us like any other worker. The Times of India . (22 August 2016)

She set foot in an airport and took a flight for the first time. "I didn't know about pilots at all. All this while I thought planes fly into the sky by themselves. I was so scared," said Indira Raj, a ragpicker from Bengaluru who attended a meet organized by the Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) in Indonesia between July 25 and 27.

By Arora, Kabir.

Indira, a waste picker from Bangalore, made a passionate plea to world governments for recognizing the contributions of waste pickers during an event organized on the sidelines of United Nations (UN) Habitat III Prepcom at Surabaya, Indonesia. She asked that governments recognize waste pickers in the New Urban Agenda, the outcome document set to emerge at the Habitat III cities conference in October 2016. 

By Rosengren, Cole.

(Sonia) Dias sees potential for catadores (waste pickers) to be more involved in educating their fellow citizens about the value of recyclable materials and the need for proper disposal. Though making this happen beyond the Olympics may be a challenge.

India Waste-picker shares her experience at UN event Deccan Herald . (26 July 2016)
By Jain Bengaluru, Niveditha.

Who can throw light on the waste management of Bengaluru better than the waste-pickers themselves? A waste-picker from childhood, Indira Raja  (in pic) did just that. On Monday, she got a chance to speak on city’s waste management at an international conference. 

Pune India Baner gets upgraded waste-sorting centre Times of India . (1 July 2016)

Baner has a new model garbage sorting and materials recovery centre. The facility, located behind Kapil Malhar residential society, will allow waste collection agencies to sort waste and better store recyclables.


The structure also eliminates problems of odour and piled up trash for the nearby residents. With its capacity to service more than 10,000 households in the area, the facility is expected to serve as a model for solid waste management in the city.

By Subramanian, Sribala.

In India, roads made from shredded plastic are proving a popular solution to tackling waste and extreme weather.


Jambulingam Street, Chennai, is a local legend. The tar road in the bustling Nungambakkam area has weathered a major flood, several monsoons, recurring heat waves and a steady stream of cars, trucks and auto rickshaws without showing the usual signs of wear and tear.

China India Urban poverty: More desperate in India, more all-consuming in China Straits Times . (26 June 2016)
By Manuel, Anja.

Every day, parents and children hike a 300m-tall mountain of rubbish and hunt for plastic bottles, metal cans and other goods, which they then sell to recyclers, earning about US$8 (S$10) per family each day. In India, the one and a half million waste-pickers reside near the bottom of the social and economic ladder.

Indonesia Locals kick up stink as city takes over Bantar Gebang dump The Jakarta Post . (25 June 2016)
By Elyda, Corry.

Conflict between the Jakarta administration and a private company that manages Bantar Gebang landfill in Bekasi, West Java, has again risen its head, with local residents blocking the road to stop dump trucks from the capital from entering the area in protest at the city’s decision to take over management of the site.

Vatican City Voice of the poor The Tablet . (23 June 2016)
By Lamb, Christopher.

A radical left-wing activist who bears more than a passing resemblance to Che Guevara, Juan Grabois is not the kind of person you would expect to bump into in the marbled corridors of the Vatican. Earlier this month, however, Pope Francis appointed the 33-year-old Argentine lawyer and academic as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

By Bhat, Prajwal.

Hasiru Dala also creates awareness about segregating dry waste and wet waste.


Hasiru Dala, an organisation that turn waste-pickers to waste professionals aids the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in managing Bengaluru’s massive waste production by providing waste management services for homes, apartments, commercial set-ups and events.. From a family wedding to a city-wide marathon, Hasiru Dala (Green Army in Kannada) provides waste management services for all kinds of events. Bhat