Kasa Shramika Parisara Rakshaka with Ismail: The Low Returns from Multi-Layered Plastic Waste

In this episode of Kasa Shramika Parisara Rakshaka, Ismail from BBMP Ward Number 178 talks about managing the Dry Waste Collection Centre (DWCC) in the area.

Ismail’s major concern at the moment is related to Multi-Layered Plastic (MLP) waste and the low rate of money it generates. Cloth, slippers, Kurkure (snack) packets, bags, chairs, and cots are a few of the examples of this category of waste. “Close to 35 tonnes of this waste is lying at the center. The DWCC is small but it has a compound; things have been kept in the compound and not inside the center to accommodate for space. Now the neighbors have been questioning us about the stock lying outside for so many days.”

Earlier, under a project conducted in coordination with the NGO Hasirudala, this type of waste was being directed to cement companies and Ismail and team would receive Rs 3 per kilo of waste. “Now, BBMP has stopped the project and the waste is just lying idle. Through the door-to-door dry waste collection, we have been receiving only MLP waste and we effectively have been earning nothing out of it. BBMP should, in fact, collect all this waste but they are not doing anything. Every day, close to 700 kilos of MLP waste comes to this center. People have even started throwing waste directly into this place thinking that it’s a waste dump!”

In this conversation, Ismail also talks about the EPF (Employees’ Provident Fund) payments that each waste picker is expected to foot out of their already meagre waste segregation work wage. “It is difficult to manage,” he says.

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Written by: Ramya Gowda K

Edited by: Shruti Sharada

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