What is the significance of the wastepickers to India’s economy?

Significance of waste pickers

They form the base of a pyramid that includes scrap dealers, aggregators and re-processors which has helped large producers to internalise the plastic waste management costs.

– By diverting waste towards recycling and reuse, waste pickers also subsidise local governments responsible for solid waste management.

– They reduce the amount of waste accumulating in cities, water bodies and dumpsites

The SBM Plastic Waste Book attributes India’s high recycling rate to this informal sector.

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