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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers
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

Nigeria Scavengers in Lagos must pay levies – LAWMA Daily Post Staff . (15 June 2016)

The Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) on Wednesday said that waste scavengers were stealing government’s raw materials and would begin to pay levies to the state government.


The Executive Chairman of LAWMA, Mr Olumuyiwa Adejokun, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that wastes were resources for the state, which scavengers stole daily.

Effective waste management is the centrepiece of prudent environmental management. Good waste management follows primarily the 3Rs: Reduce, Re-use and Recycle; as well as avoiding illegal dumping and littering. Establishment of buy back centres where waste is sorted in different categories provides a platform for waste pickers and waste collection administrators to turn waste management, particularly waste recycling into a lucrative and viable economic activity.

By MS, Nileena.

In a much-awaited move, the Greater Corporation of Chennai (GCC) is all set to launch its bin-less waste transfer process on a pilot basis in a few of the wards in its newly added areas, which would eventually be extended to cover all of the 15 zones.