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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers
India Wastepickers’ association drafts plan to implement RTE Act The Times of India . (11 May 2015)

The city-based Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP) in association with the SNDT College has drafted a list of recommendations for effective implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

These recommendations include better management of help centres, effective grievance redressal system and end discrimination in schools among others. The draft was prepared during a programme jointly organized by the SNDT Women's University's Department of Continuing & Adult Education & Extension and the KKPKP. As many as 100 parents came together to discuss their experiences and that of their childrens' while interacting with schools and the state administration.

India Slow RTE process keeps parents of 13,000 kids on the edge The Times of India . (26 April 2015)

With the first round of admissions under the 25% reservation scheme of the Right to Education Act still in deep waters, parents of children whose names are on the waiting list for the second round are restless.

Sonali Kunjir, a member of Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat, who is helping the members of the waste pickers' union for RTE admissions, said, "Barely a few members of the union who had applied for admissions this year have received an SMS from the education department. Of those who have received the SMS, very few have been able to take admissions. Schools are sending back many parents for varied reasons."

India No Rubbish, Here Come the Tech Savvy Garbage Collectors The New Indian Express . (26 April 2015)
By Fiedler, Doreen.

The 33-year-old was a waste picker a short time ago. Today he employs 10 families and numbers himself among the many entrepreneurs in the city of 8.5 million. "When the sacks come in the early morning, they are weighed, the results noted down on tablet computers and the rubbish collectors are paid," the wiry young man explains cheerfully. "Then we sort and sell the products to recyclers."

Argentina Of recyclers and rag men The Economist . (25 April 2015)

Some who make their living on the streets are luckier than others. Cartoneros, meanwhile, are setting their sights higher. Though conditions have improved, Jacquelina Flores of the Movement for Excluded Workers complains that the government has not replaced the co-operatives' ageing fleet of lorries or adjusted the monthly bonus by enough to compensate for inflation, which was 40% in 2014.

Canada Garbage pickers aren't hurting anyone Durham Region . (24 April 2015)

Garbage and recycling share the same quality -- we don't want it. Not only do you insult the scavenger by providing brochures on social services, which gives the poor very little and puts them on the fringes of society, you make them feel like criminals for trying to be inventive and make some extra money.

By Schiller, Jakob.

Bigger screens. Faster processors. Slimmer profiles. But what happens to our mobile phones, computers and televisions when we upgrade?

By Kannan, Shwetha.

Pune-based NGO SWaCH (Solid Waste Collection and Handling) has started a project where they plan to come up with a design for user-friendly pushed carts for ragpickers of the city because the current design is leading to health issues among the ragpickers.

Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), which is a ragpickers association and also the sister concern of Swach, has been regularly receiving complaints from ragpickers about the carts that are currently being used by them.

India Tech help to celebrate scrap dealers as recyclers The Times of India . (19 April 2015)
By Chandrababu, Divya.

City-based social enterprise Kabadiwalla Connect has launched a campaign on Instagram called #InvisibleRecyclers to bring people in informal sectors, like those managing waste, to the forefront. The purpose of the campaign is to celebrate the services of the city's scrap dealers and rag-pickers in recycling waste.

Brunei Plight of the urban poor The Borneo Post . (19 April 2015)

PRS urges relevant authorities to improve living condition of dumpsite squatters. Its chairman Richard Wil said they hoped the residents of this squatter colony near a dumpsite would be given basic facilities, be resettled in a healthier environment and more.

Brazil Women waste pickers receive certificate after gender training The Guardian Witness . (17 April 2015)
By Dias, Sonia.

The Network WIEGO ( partnered with the National Waste Pickers Movement of Brazil and other organizations to tackle gender issues. The Gender and Waste Project seeks to understand the dimensions of gender discrimination women waste pickers face (1) at home, (2) at work, and (3) as leaders within their networks and in the movement.