In the age of recycling, ragpickers perform a socially highly useful function. But the middle class simply wants them banished
Russel Street, off Park Street, is among the poshest addresses anyone in Kolkata can think of.

In a rapidly urbanizing global society, solid waste management will be a key challenge facing all the world's cities. This publication provides a fresh perspective and new data on one of the biggest issues in urban development. Using the framework of Integrated Sustainable Waste Management, the report presents unprecedented research from 22 cities across six continents.

John Vidal

 A waste-picker at work in Mumbai. Waste-pickers handle much
of the growing mountains of rubbish in developing countries.

ITANAGAR, May 30: Environ conducted a day long workshop with waste pickers in a dump house near General Hospital here and demonstrated different uses of non-biodegradable and recyclable solid waste to mobilize their day to day activity in more efficient manner to keep clean the city.

In a society where environmental concerns over inadequate disposal of hazardous liquid and solid wastes and recycling are officially treated with somewhat nonchalance, the activities of human scavengers of metal, rubber, paper/paperboard yard and wood waste products, variously referred


The waste recyclers are protesting moves by municipal authorities to corporatise the collection of waste by contracting the work to private companies
Representatives of 10 lakh waste recyclers gathered in New Delhi demanding legal recognition to allow them to work in a more organised manner.

GUWAHATI, March 11

Waste pickers in New Delhi have made a business proposition that the municipal authorities should find difficult to refuse. They have said that they can generate more than Rs 12 crores a year from composting biodegradable wastes and save Rs 3 crores in transportation costs if their traditional role in garbage collection and segregation is recognised.

This report of the Standing Committee on Urban Development deals with action taken by the Government on the recommendations contained in their 38th Report(Fourteenth Lok Sabha) on "Solid Waste Management

Jyoti Mhapsekar has ideas on low-cost ways to reduce the world's carbon burden. As president of the Parisar Vikas women's waste-pickers cooperative in Mumbai, India, and a climate activist, she has first-hand experience in an industry that is not only one of the cheapest ways to reduce emissions.