- Toilet Revolution of Rural China: the Way to the Ultimate Modernization and Global Sustainability - by: muench January 25, 2020Dear Bin, Thank you for your detailed posts about the situation in China with the "toilet revolution" in rural China. I wonder why the political leaders called it a toilet revolution even though they put their bets on tried and tested / old-fashioned septic tanks and flush toilets. What's revolutionary about that? Or is it already a revolution […]
- Securing Water for Food - Circular economy in sanitation and solid waste management for agriculture in Tamil Nadu, India - by: pprasetya18 January 25, 2020Dear Elisabeth, Thanks for your reply! I understand. So what kind of detailed information are you looking for? You can find the project report attached for your reference. A report on SWFF field evaluation study on farmers experience of co-compost has recently published too. You can find the report here: drive.google.com/file/d/1EtHfFjUs_n9ttN0o53n8e-YaFx__Q […]
- Update to the Compendium of Accessible WASH Technologies - by: muench January 25, 2020Dear Amita, The document that you are seeking to update is from six years ago. I am wondering what WaterAid's current thoughts are, i.e. which parts of it are perhaps outdated? Which new technologies or trends ought to be included? I have copied the questions from your survey below which might encourage some people to take your survey, or to post their […]
- Securing Water for Food - Circular economy in sanitation and solid waste management for agriculture in Tamil Nadu, India - by: muench January 24, 2020Dear Priska, Thanks for your forum post. Where can we find out more details about this: "faecal sludge and solid waste management with co-composting to be used as soil improvers by vegetable farmers in the horticulture district of the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India." I clicked at all the links and brochures about this project that I could find but onl […]
- The Period Junction Conference - by: aeastman January 24, 2020Hello everyone! My name is Autumn and I'm a Menstrual Hygiene Workshop coordinator at a Bangalore, India-based NGO called Aarogya Seva. I wanted to extend a personal invitation to you all to our special upcoming event: The Period Junction Conference. On March 7th and 8th, 2020 we are hosting the first international conference on Menstrual Health, The Pe […]
- Toilet Revolution of Rural China: the Way to the Ultimate Modernization and Global Sustainability - by: muench January 25, 2020
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Unleashing Waste-Pickers’ Potential: Supporting Recycling Cooperatives in Santiago de Chile. World Development, Volume 101, January 2018, Pages 293-310.
- Waste-picker performance is affected by the policy environment in which they operate.
- Traditional policies that repress waste-pickers systematically hurt their collection rates, wages, and working conditions.
- Governmental support improves the performance of waste-pickers by increasing their economic, social, and environmental outcomes.
- Inexpensive policy measures working toward a more organized picture of waste-pickers dramatically increase their sustainable performance.
Our empirical results suggest a positive association between the level of government support and waste-pickers’ sustainable performance. Consequently, further positive government intervention, particularly in supporting a stronger structural organization for the waste-picker recycling system, is advocated as the primary policy recommendation of this paper.
SWaCH Across Bharat is a short documentary film that explores the work of the SWaCH Co-operative, (a co-operative of waste pickers in Pune, India).
SWaCH Across Bharat, offers viewers one model of waste management that is not only good for the environment & financially efficient, but also one that safeguards waste-pickers’ rights.
Weaving in reflections of Supriya Bhadakwad (a waste-picker and member of SWaCH Cooperative), Lakshmi Narayan (a founder of SWaCH) and Varsha Chitale (a citizen whose apartment is serviced by SWaCH), the film brings together different perspectives on why the SWaCH model really works.
SWaCH Across Bharat is Directed by Lakshmi Anantnarayan, produced by TERI and supported by the Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India.
Unpaid and undervalued, how India’s waste pickers fight apathy to keep our cities clean. The News Minute, November 30, 2017.
There are an estimated 1.5 million to 4 million waste pickers in India, who pick up, clean, sort and segregate recyclable waste and sell it further up the value chain.
Shoba Bansode has been working as a waste picker in Pune for over 15 years. She started doing this for a living since nobody would give her work as a domestic worker.
“My son was also very small then, and citing that reason too, nobody would give me work in their households.
At that time, one of my friends taught me waste picking. Using this as my only source of livelihood, I was able to provide for my child and raise him,” she says.
Shoba’s case is not an exception. Waste picking (or rag picking as it is commonly called) is a job that many end up in due to lack of other options.
According to a study published in the International Research Journal of Environment Sciences, titled, Studies on the Solid Waste Collection by Rag Pickers at Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, India, 94% of the 150 waste pickers interviewed in the Jawahar Nagar landfill in Hyderabad, stated that they chose this job since there were no other alternatives available to them.
Read the complete article.