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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers
India Wastepickers demand speedy approval of welfare schemes The Times of India . (24 February 2015)

A group of wastepickers has reminded the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) about the promises it had made eight months back to improve the living conditions of the community.

Waste-pickers associated with the Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), led by social activist Baba Adhav, held an agitation against the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for “neglecting” working and living conditions of waste-pickers in the city.

India Rag-pickers in Pune cry foul over lack of space for waste segregation I am in DNA of Pune . (9 February 2015)
By Mehta, Anvi.

After Bavdhan residents protested against the segregation of waste on an amenity space inside their colony, the rag-pickers are now left in the lurch with regard to waste segregation in this area.

By Umbrajkar, Manish.

The three hundred waste-pickers members of Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP) engaged by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation have won a hard fought battle for Minimum Wages and other statutory benefits.

"The awards were presented to women leaders from diverse sectors by Chief Guest Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty alleviation, Government of India along with Dr. Harbeen Arora, Global Chairperson, ALL. One of the recipients was Bharati Chaturvedi, [founder and director of Chintan] campaigner for livelihoods of waste pickers."

Vietnam Trash collectors face uncertain future after dump closes Vietnam News . (20 January 2015)
By Nam, Hoai.

The city has no plan to help waste collectors find stable and less toxic ways to make ends meet after the dump [Khanh Son dump in Da Nang] is closed in 2022.

India Poor garbage management turns city streets into an eyesore I am in DNA of Pune . (17 January 2015)
By Mehta, Anvi.

The [Pune Municipal] Corporation has asked 1,600 members of the ragpicker's association, Kagach Kach Patra Kashtkari Panchayat (KKPKP), to make sure no waste is collected from households if it has not been segregated.

Approximately 165 million people live in the slums on the India subcontinent and in that 65 million children grow up in a difficult environment of poverty waste and without education.

Tell us more about these trash pickers that you spent time with. You used the word boys. How old are these kids?

India She clears mess that we create recklessly TNN . (29 December 2014)
By Rohith BR.

She has little idea about her contribution to addressing the woes of a city battling to manage 4,000 tonnes of garbage every day. As around 40 per cent of the garbage comprises dry waste, the centres play an important role in reducing the amount going to landfills. And Mary represents a hidden community, comprising mostly women who manage such dry-waste centres.