- Desirable, durable, locally built handwashing unit for humanitarian and development settings (Jengu , an opensource blueprint for a robust handwashing unit) - by: Chaiwe December 3, 2020Hello Irene, Thank you for sharing about the 'Jengu' (Catchy name! ). It certainly stands out, I wondered what competitive advantage it really has over the popular 'bucket and tap' handwashing facility? But then again, it is also a matter of preference and appeal, options that the marginalised do not often have. I also took note that co […]
- Improving sanitation and hygiene in Ethiopia during the pandemic - by: Chaiwe December 3, 2020Hello Mbirungi, You might actually find this very interesting. I came on the forum today searching for posts by you. I appreciate that your posts are dedicated to providing inspiring examples of interventions and experiences on the African continent. This is something that I believe other users from the continent can be inspired by with respect to posting. Y […]
- Launch of the SuSanA Africa Regional Chapter on Wednesday 26/08/2020_ Presentations and YouTube recording available! - by: Keitumetse December 3, 2020Dear Djibrila Youssoufa, Thank you for your question. There are 145 members from Cameroon. About the dry toilets, I would advice that you go into the search engine right here in the forum Search (susana.org) where you will find some interesting discussions where dry toilets were a focus, this discussion for example When you hear the term "dry toilet […]
- Webinar: Launching the Guide to Sanitation Resource-Recovery Products & Technologies (Video recording now available) - by: Elisabeth December 3, 2020Hi Daniel, Is the guide available now? The presentation said it would be in the SuSanA library by 19 November but I couldn't find it. Just wondering if I missed its announcement. I mean your "Guide to Sanitation Resource-Recovery Products & Technologies". Regards, Elisabeth
- Covid19 transmission risk factors via toilet with aerosols - by: Elisabeth December 3, 2020I don't think that chlorine solutions should be applied as a "preventative solution" but only as a cleaning agent for surfaces that might be contaminated, right? I can't imagine that the amounts would be so high that it would make a difference in the treated wastewater at the other end of the pipe (or the receiving water body), although I […]
- Desirable, durable, locally built handwashing unit for humanitarian and development settings (Jengu , an opensource blueprint for a robust handwashing unit) - by: Chaiwe December 3, 2020
Tag Archives: waste pickers
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.
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Women waste pickers: living conditions, work, and health. Rev. Gaúcha Enferm. vol.37 no.3 Porto Alegre Sept 2016.
Objective – To know the elements of work, health, and living conditions of women who pick recyclable waste and are members of a waste cooperative in a town of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
Method – This is a qualitative, exploratory and descriptive study with seven subjects. Data were collected through participative observation, semi structured interview, and a focus group from July to August of 2013. The data were subjected to content analysis.
Results – The following thematic categories emerged: Women’s work, informality and precariousness; Experiences of job satisfaction; and Working conditions and health: experiences with accidents, illness and health services.
Conclusion – It was concluded that the women who collect recyclable material are exposed to precarious work conditions and potential health risks, such as work overload, accidents, illness, and social insecurity, and that nurses are responsible for promoting actions that ensure the health and inclusion of these workers.
How One Organization in Hyderabad Is Helping People Manage Waste in a Responsible & Scientific Way | Source: The Better India, September 13, 2016 |
Sixty million tons of garbage generated per year; 45 million tons of untreated waste disposed of in an unhygienic manner every day; and about 0.34 kg waste generated by every person daily – when it comes to statistics regarding waste generation and management in India, the numbers looks quite dismal.
“We have no organised waste management system in India. We just dump waste and leave it around to pollute the environment. And the main reason behind this is that we do not have the concept of waste segregation at all. At most places, waste is simply thrown in the easiest manner possible,” says Mathangi Swaminathan, the Associate Director of Waste Ventures India (WVI) – a social enterprise that is working in the field of waste management in Hyderabad.
Run by a group of environmentally-conscious individuals, WVI provides waste solutions for housing societies and corporate offices by recycling dry waste and composting organic waste. The company offers doorstep collection of waste in two ways:
- Collection of recyclable waste only.
- Complete waste solution with collection of dry as well as organic waste.
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