"Waste pickers" chip away at India's trash mountain

08/16/2013 | Christian Science Monitor, The

India generates 750,000 tons of garbage each week, but the city of Pune has come up with a new way to handle the torrents of trash generated by its residents. Rather than dumping trash on garbage heaps, the city now pays self-employed "waste pickers" to go door to door collecting litter and sorting the waste for recycling. That offers a safer working environment for people who would otherwise scavenge through town dumps, and a more effective way of managing and reducing waste, officials say.

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