Information on the role of rag pickers and manual scavengers in small & medium towns

A study on the role of informal recyclers and an attempt to explore the intersection of poverty with waste management in urban India
Informal recyclers
Informal recyclers

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Nidhi Singh Batra, Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA)


This study on the ‘Role of Informal Recyclers in Small and Medium Towns in India’ is carried out with a special focus on Raipur and Patna. It is being undertaken under the project ‘Democratizing Urban Governance: Promoting Participation and Social Accountability’ funded by the Ford Foundation.

Input required

Inputs from the members of the Water Community and the Work and Employment Community are requested on the following:

  • Do rag pickers have a right and a method to be included in the formal SWM system?
  • Can you share examples of how this informal sector has been included and recognized in the formal system through policy changes or their mobilization?

Please see attachment below for the received responses.

This discussion has been reposted here from Solution Exchange Water Community India.