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  project name ~ 2012 Support for technical coordinator for the waste pickers of Delhi

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  Project Name


2012 Support for technical coordinator for the waste pickers of Delhi













  Budget Approved


Rs 348000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Lakshmi Gorrepati


College Park









Chintan partners with the informal waste-recycling sector in programmes designed to help the sector organize itself for inclusion in policies and to have secure, green livelihoods.
Chintan advocates for policies that ensure social and environmental justice through publications, campaigns, networks and partnerships. Chintan has been part of committees that have resulted in inclusive new rules related to waste.





In 2010 Indian lawmakers passed an e-waste policy that included Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). EPR means that the brand owners such as Apple, Dell and Hewlett Packard will be required to take financial responsibility for recycling their products. No similar law exists in the U.S. on a federal level!The Indian EPR law also requires electronic manufacturers partner with Indian recyclers, including the informal sector, in setting up collection centers Chintan played a big role in this. Chintan will work with a team of 12 safai sena members to model a center for 1 year and then scale up. UN policy on waste management Bharati(founder of Chintan) wrote the executive summary and also presented the Delhi case study (available only as a hard copy) Finding Delhi Book edited by Bharati has excellent perspectives on the city of Delhi of Santu (waste picker), domestic worker and policy level activists. Chintan, an Indian NGO, has been chosen for America''s first Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, for training and organizing wastepickers and eliminating child labour from recycling. To be formally announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday, the award is funded by theRockefeller Foundation. It seeks to identify and support innovative ideas that hold the promise of transforming the lives of women and girls around the world.





This project was a request from the waste pickers association Safai Sena. This project supports a technical coordinator who will work with Safai Sena members to 1. Give weekly updates and enhance policy level changes and knowledge on waste management that are continously happening in Delhi 2. Empower waste pickers to represent themselves during interactions with goevernment officials 3. Create constituencies of middle class people who are more aware of the conditions faced by waste pickers and take care of their livelihood while the waste pickers take care of the waste generated by all of us. 4. Work with school children to enhance interaction with waste pickers as well as train teachers to conduct activities that facilitate children to think differently about waste and environment.



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