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  project name ~ 2010 -Enhancing policy and legal knowledge of waste recyclers in Delhi

category ~ Environment




  Project Name


2010 -Enhancing policy and legal knowledge of waste recyclers in Delhi













  Budget Approved


Rs 276000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Lakshmi Gorrepati


College Park









Chintan was established in December 1999 by Bharati Chaturvedi, who recognized a need to address issues of sustainable consumption and environmental and social justice. Chintan was joined by others who wish to create and promote strategies that secure environmental and social justice in a rapidly transforming India.

Chintan’s mission is to facilitate the participation of citizens in the empowerment of their communities and to advocate for local and national policies that ensure social equity and environmental safeguarding.





The technical activist has been able to serve as the backbone of information and advocacy for both the wastepickers and the Chintan team that works with the wastepickers on the field on a daily basis. The main outcomes were the following : • 52 leaders working with Chintan with 35 regularly involved with the community • Appx. 9000 wastepickers facilitated through this system, either through information or through skills such as RTI • Chintan staff capacity enhanced. • Help line set up for waste recyclers as a means of recording and institutionalizing systems





Chintan has ~52 ground level workers (top leaders) working to mobilize their peers. These are our nascent grassroots leaders. Chintan team and these leaders building groups of wastepickers. Chintan intends to concentrate on building their skills and enable them to lead a widespread movement of waste recyclers. But most or none of them speak English or not literate. Unfortunately, and all the new policies, rulings and rules are in English and have to be accessed from various sources including using RTI. This proposal was aimed at filling in the gap by recruiting and training an enthusiastic, committed and serious person who would be able to help access information, build knowledge, mobilize advocacy in synergy with the team



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