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What A Waste From Rags to Riches- The Kabari Trade Solid waste management is supposed to be under the purview of municipal authorities namely the NDMC New Delhi Municipal Council and the MCD Municipal Corporation of Delhi Several unaccounted for groups however are significant contributors to this process Urban solid waste is typically a mixture of household construction commercial toxic industrial and hospital waste HOW MUCH WASTE IN THE CAPITAL On an average Delhi generates 4000 tonnes of municipal solid waste per day which consists of about 32 compost-able matter Of this 32 Image The unorganised sector of kabariwalas or junk traders form an important spoke in the wheel of solid waste management Waste-pickers alias rag pickers scavengers and the like traditionally come from highly vulnerable social backgrounds who have little options other than to live by collecting and selling recyclable materials out of urban solid wastes The informal sector recycling trade activities namely segregation collection sale and purchase of recyclable materials and the actual process of recycling at recycling units largely covers what kabariwalas do Kabariwalas also called itinerant waste collectors buy recyclable waste such as newspaper glass containers tin cans etc from residents and shopkeepers Waste is gathered from what is discarded by households commercial establishments and industries from municipal wastes Larger commercial establishments and industries sell the recyclable waste in segregated form or otherwise to waste dealers in bulk who then sell it to recyclers Kabariwalas sell their collection to waste dealers Then there are agents who facilitate transactions between medium large waste dealers and recycling unit owners They usually sell the collected waste to the local waste dealer on a daily basis as they have no place to store the waste Since they have little savings they depend on the waste dealer for loans and advances Waste trade activities undertaken by this informal sector is valuable simply because it leads to valuable waste material
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