Integration of Informal Sector in Solid Waste Management

The waste collection and material recycling activities in developing countries, including India, are majorly performed by the informal waste sector. Reportedly, 30–60 percent of all paper and cardboard, 50–80 percent of all plastic and nearly 100 percent of all glass bottles manufactured in India are recycled with the interventions of the informal sector in India. This sector in waste management is apparently unorganized but a super-efficient contributor to the circular economy's and helps achieve the UN sustainable development goals. This report makes a case for the integration of the informal sector into the formal waste management chain so that the muscle memory of India's brilliant workforce can synergize with a new policy roadmap to achieve a paradigm shift in waste management.