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How Not to and How to Tackle Waste

The editorial “Not in My Backyard” (EPW, 21 July 2012) on the issue of municipal solid waste was timely and welcome. The management of urban waste has serious public health implications for both waste generators and handlers in cities and also for unsuspecting villagers in the peri-urban areas...

The World of Waste Pickers

Of Poverty and Plastic: Scavenging and Scrap Trading Entrepreneurs in India's Urban Informal Economy by Kaveri Gill (New Delhi: Oxford University Press ), 2010.

Formalising Livelihood

This article attempts a sector-specific analysis of wastepicking, which is an informal though integral part of urban solid waste management. It looks at the role played by wastepickers in environment protection and conservation apart from their contribution to economic productivity. It explores the possibilities for legitimising the occupation with a view to improving the conditions of work. It also proposes a framework through which social security benefits can be assured to this section of workers. The article draws upon the authors' own research and experience of working with the Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (Scrap Collectors Association) and the Department of Adult Education, SNDT Women's University, in Pune city.
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