Waste Pickers

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SILENT FRIENDS OF IIM BANGALORE

Walking through the green and clean campus of IIM Bangalore the thought of an area where the wastes from the entire campus are dumped hardly comes to our mind. The search for the waste pickers working at IIMB took us to a remote corner of the college which was surrounded by the remains of some ongoing construction work and had garbage thrown here and there along the path. The sight wasn’t pretty and the stench in that place was repulsive .We wondered how anyone could work in such a place where it was not even possible to breathe .With our noses covered with handkerchiefs we stood there watching a few women wearing gloves and a mask on their faces and bent over the pile of wastes dumped there, indifferent to the stench around and busy in picking through them .This is how our research about the life of waste pickers at IIMB began.

total of 6 women who work as waste pickers and are employed by Saahas: an organization that works towards waste management. After segregation, food wastes are used in Biogas plant inside the campus, remaining wastes are sent outside the campus for recycling or dumping. 200-300 kilograms of food wastes are generated in IIM Bangalore campus every day. IIM Bangalore manages about 75% of all wastes generated within the campus and has a composting capacity of 100 kiligrams of food wastes. The 6 waste pickers who work inside campus are supervised by Vijaya, a 38 year old woman who was very friendly and talked at length about the waste pickers .Despite having studied till class 7th Lata who has worked as a waste picker for over a decade now, decided she had no right to deprive her daughter of a formal education and hence entered into this line of work as a last resort. She toils entire day picking garbage in the IIMB campus so that she can pay for her kid’s education .The meager 5000 Rs that she earns per month…...

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