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

"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.

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.

The ongoing Swach Bharat Abhiyan has brought smiles to the faces of women who work in possibly the most marginalised of all sectors of work in Mumbai: waste-pickers.

India How Dharavi's recycling units help reduce garbage in city The Asian Age . (28 December 2014)
By Ganapatye, Shruti.

Mohammed Ali Malik (45) from Dharavi calls himself the real brand ambassador of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan because over 800 people like him recycle 10,000 tonnes of the city's garbage every month.

By Fischweicher, Simon.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the developing world: It is estimated that there are around 15 million waste pickers globally. These individuals collect, sort and sell recyclables to make a living. In India, the social enterprise Protoprint is empowering urban waste pickers to produce 3-D printer filament themselves from the plastic waste they collect.

Indonesia David Katz: Revealing the real value of plastic waste The Jakarta Post . (23 December 2014)
By Rulistia, Novia D..

Such a system has been operating well in the company's first project in Peru where they work with a local NGO that already has a solid relationship with waste pickers.

By Deshpande, Tanvi.

India's richest civic body has now come up with a plan to make money out of trash.