- Sanitation entrepreneurs making business out of Faecal sludge - by: Mbirungi April 6, 2020An interesting article published by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council - WSSCC provides great insights into how feacal sludge is opening doors for business. According to the article, a new breed of Ugandan sanitation entrepreneurs is making a business out of emptying pit latrines in Kampala. Using hand-powered pumps known as gulpers, th […]
- Making rights real - by: CharlotteM April 6, 2020Dear Alana, Thank you for the post. I find the website very resourceful. A few things I may highlight about the site for anyone who may see this post and not delve into it immediately. Making Rights Real (MRR) is an approach that enables civil society organisations to engage local government officials on systemic challenges to the realisation of water and sa […]
- Operationalizing standards: Sphere and the COVID-19 response in camp settings webinar recordings available - by: secretariat April 6, 2020As the novel coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, continues to spread globally, the risk it presents to populations living in camps and camp-like settings is growing. Camp managers are working quickly to adjust their programs to accommodate social distancing while continuing to communicate with communities and working with partners to improve communal sanitatio […]
- COVID & WASH practical guides and resources - by: SeanFurey April 6, 2020And this from AfricaAhead in Zimbabwe - a set of visuals for helping to communicate the disease and how to respond: https://www.africaahead.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/AHEAD-Corona-Virus-Toolkit_V2.pdf
- COVID & WASH practical guides and resources - by: SeanFurey April 6, 2020Dear SuSanA colleagues A lot of good guidance and resources are emerging, I would like to share this which has come from SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) - the Guide is in the attachment at the bottom of the post. Dear colleagues We are reminded of the importance of safe access towater, sanitation and hygiene for all outside crisis and duri […]
- Sanitation entrepreneurs making business out of Faecal sludge - by: Mbirungi April 6, 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.