Can a city survive without its garbage collectors, especially the barely visible workforce of women ragpickers? Women ragpickers labour from dawn to dusk everyday collecting and segregating garbage to sell recyclable items. Wonder what they earn for this back-breaking work? Do they have any dreams for their future?
Waste audits to quantify the various components in a waste stream are becoming increasingly important for proper solid waste management. This is due to the main shift in the overall strategy for waste management where collection & disposal has changed to a segregation & resource recovery policy. There is a need for conducting waste audits and to understand how the data can be interpreted for administrative, technical and commercial outcomes.