User: dharmesh Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Assorted :: Scavenging
Last updated: Aug 19 2017 01:44 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Smart move: Ragpickers to segregate waste in city 19.8.2017 TOI: Jaipur
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Dalits: In a state of unfreedom 17.8.2017 FrontLine: Cover Story
In the past 70 years of Independence, most Dalits have been continuously pushed into obnoxious spheres of work. The concept of freedom for them is where they can participate in a more creative, competitive and attractive sphere of decent opportunities. By GOPAL GURU
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‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ review: Filmi pamphleteering 11.8.2017 Hindu: Home
A potentially unconventional love story ends up as obsequious government propaganda
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BBMP to use plastic-laced tar for roads 7.8.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike will blend 450 tonnes of plastic with tar and use it to asphalt roads in its southern zone. The civic body has assigned KK Plastic Waste Management, a firm located off Kanakapura Road near Anjanapura, to supply plastic.

"We had signed a memorandum of understanding with the company to supply plastic bags to us. The blending of plastic will not only give longevity to roads but also reduce plastic in the city," BBMP Chief Engineer (south zone) S Prabhakar said.

Ahmed Khan of KK Plastic said his firm had tied up with agents who collect plastic from ragpickers. "We have a network of ragpickers, apartments and schools from where we pick plastic. We pay these ragpickers between Rs 6 and Rs 8 for one kilogram of polythene bags," he said.

Khan said though blending plastic with tar increased the cost by about 2%, the road's longevity would increase two-fold. BBMP used plastic to asphalt roads for 10 years but stopped it two years.
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Clean drains with machines, save lives 7.8.2017 TOI: Delhi Times
Days after four sanitation workers lost their lives while cleaning a tank in Ghitorni in July, chief secretary M M Kutty set up a multi-department committee to look for solutions to waterlogging, which would also help in putting an end to manual scavenging by moving towards mechanised cleaning of drains and sewers.
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Ragpickers hit hard by tax on recyclable products 3.8.2017 TOI: Delhi Times
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PPCB to take ragpickers' help to study plastic waste management 1.8.2017 TOI: Chandigarh Times
Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has decided on engaging with rag pickers to study waste management.
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Unholy dip: How toxic chambers kill 26.7.2017 TOI: Delhi Times
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On a diet of medicine, alcohol to earn 300 26.7.2017 TOI: Delhi Times
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Ragpickers hit hard by GST 26.7.2017 Hindu: Cities
Plastic recyclers protecting margins by paying less for waste plastic
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Roadkill plan: People take 1,600 deer, elk off Washington roads in first year 25.7.2017 Seattle Times: Local

Last July, the state fish and wildlife commission changed state code to allow the salvage of elk and deer accidentally killed by vehicles.
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Diphu Town Committee turns RF patch into garbage dump 22.7.2017 The Assam Tribune
Diphu Town Committee turns RF patch into garbage dump
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Unicef India lauds Centre's approach in solving drinking water, sanitation issues 19.7.2017 New Kerala: India News
New Delhi, July 19 : A Unicef India official on Wednesday lauded the Centre's approach towards solving issues concerning lack of drinking water and sanitation, saying the transparency and openness with stakeholders will be beneficial towards undertaking innovative measures.
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75 rag-pickers shifted to shelter for homeless 18.7.2017 Hindu: Cities
Maintenance of facility handed over to NGO
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Ragpickers move into new homes 15.7.2017 Hindu: News
75 persons benefit from scheme
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Waste collection: Dharamshala follows Shimla 13.7.2017 TOI: Chandigarh Times
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Once a ragpicker, now he feeds 160 families 10.7.2017 TOI: Delhi Times
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The Merry Maidens of Shillong: Turning Garbage to Gold 9.7.2017 Meghalaya Times

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, July 09: While elsewhere the name Merry Maidens is associated to the sad tale of 19 girls turned into stone for dancing on the Sabbath during the Neolithic era, in Meghalaya the name Merry Maidens has altogether a different narrative to it which starts from rags and heads towards riches.
The Merry maidens of Shillong are not the high and mighty and no - they don’t belong to the world of glamour or music. They are a group of twenty eight woman rag pickers from the landfill area of the city who were selected, trained and allowed to secure a future not just for them but for generations to come. And their area of operations is anybody’s guess- Marten.

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It’s a tough life for the wretched of the earth 5.7.2017 Hindu: Home
Despite a ban on manual scavenging in India, around 250 sanitation workers across civic bodies in the Capital follow this practice
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Manual scavengers prone to diarrhoea, TB: doctors 5.7.2017 Hindu: News
Most sanitation workers in the city lack access to safety gear, leaving them susceptible to multiple diseases
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