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I am sure members of Indian Environment Network must have at some point of time utilized the services of Scrap and Waste collectors in India. Are you utilizing them in your professional capactiy as well?

 

Share your ideas to make this system bloom a thousand ecoprenuers who are not exploited but work humanely as the next generation of environmentalists helping the city clean.

 

To understand the challenges, do read "Of Poverty and Plastic: Scavenging and Scrap Trading Entrepreneurs in India’s Urban Informal Economy" by Kaveri Gill.

 

Here is a link to an intersting artcile on LIvemint .

 

 

 

 

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Dear Mr. Rao

Rightly said, one cannot disturb the informal sector recycling chain, specially the ones engaged into door to door waste collection. What I personally feel is that things can be structured in better ways, but involvement of NGOs might backfire in long run. What is needed here is to develop formal business models, e.g a big company like Ramky can create micro / small enterprises, functioning independently or as a part of that company. What do you feel?

 

Thanks n Regards

Arshad Rizvi

 

 



Dr. K.S.M.Rao said:

We are into paper recycling by collecting paper from household-weighing the paper and onspot payments-and sending the paper to paper recycling units. We do this under an initiative called "Waste to wealth". OUr initial attempts to rope in the raddiwallahs did not hear fruit. Offcourse there is a very rigid line organisation in waste collection wherein boys collect/purchase waste paper, plastic waste etc. from household levels which is sold to a lane side scrap dealer who in turn sells to a overall city incharges (may be three or four). These transactions are in cash, given in advance down the line, towards waste to be delivered.

 

Any attempts to breakin with whatever intention may not be taken kindly by the existing set ups. Most scrap dealers / collection boys also probably believe that they are well of without being corporatisation of their activities immeterial of whether it improves their might or otherwise.

 

Existing attitude is to be left alone and given access to all waste.

 

Here is where enlightened NGOs need to play a role if we intend to improve the might of the scrap dealers

 

We are into building of supply chain for recyclables. A decade of grass-root work in area of waste management and recycling brings with it many technical, social, economical, environmental experiences....Waste business is typical in nature, demands liquidity, and a very close watch on market, workforce as well as workplace. Trust me, its challenging but its interesting.

Dear Mr. Rao & Mr. Rizvi,

I do agree with your comments but once I read an article in newspaper on similiar efforts while travelling to Gujarat. There is one entrepreneur who is successfully implemnting this model of organizing the roadside raddiwallas and directly selling it to the recycling units.

 

greetings to all distinguished members,

I have done M.Sc in environment with specialisation in solid waste management from Punjab University in 2010, Chandigarh but even today I have not got a job in this field. Dont you think India and the people associated with the cause should initiate the process to involve jobless professionals like us to do dome substantial work in waste management in India.?? should not there be enough career opportunities in the field of waste management??

Jobs in Solid (Municipal / Hospital / Hazardous) Waste Management field are limited but over the last decade there has been consideral improvement because of number of projects initiated by private enterpreneurs. Probably you may have to meet the Company heads present your case, should be open for taking jobs anywhere in India. If you have passion for solid waste management / e-waste and have an enterpreneur in you, probably you will become a job provider rather than a job seeker........give a try, go around and look for green business opportunities, you are a fresher and have nothing to loose......all the best.

 

   


Dear Sir,

Thanks a lot for the encouraging words and guiding suggestion. I will try to give more efforts. But can I ask you for a favor? Do you know any such companies in India who are doing substantial work in the filed of waste management? If yes please share some names. I will be really thankful to you.


P. Nand Kishore said:

Jobs in Solid (Municipal / Hospital / Hazardous) Waste Management field are limited but over the last decade there has been consideral improvement because of number of projects initiated by private enterpreneurs. Probably you may have to meet the Company heads present your case, should be open for taking jobs anywhere in India. If you have passion for solid waste management / e-waste and have an enterpreneur in you, probably you will become a job provider rather than a job seeker........give a try, go around and look for green business opportunities, you are a fresher and have nothing to loose......all the best.

 

   

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