Do you know what happens to your waste after you throw it away?
This is one of the many questions we asked ourselves as a starting point for this project about waste management in Bangalore. We began a few weeks ago and after doing quite some desk research, we decided to see for ourselves what's happening in the city.
We started at a traditional food market and then followed their waste to two possible destinations: a composting center, which transforms organic waste into compost and a collection center, which collects dry recyclable waste.
We visited a Dry Waste Collection Centre (aka DWCC) to see how the collection of recyclable dry waste (plastics, paper, cardboards, etc) works in the city. In this DWCC we saw how they receive the waste, segregated it and organize it to resell to recycling industries.
From the beginning of our research, we decided that a bottom-up approach was fundamental, hence a decentralized waste management system would be appropriate. Another important point we wish to reinforce is the legitimization of the informal sector. The working conditions for informal waste pickers are extremely unhealthy so the regulation of their work can add to a better quality of life.
Considering the points above, we've decided to do further research regarding the DWCCs. They represent a bottom-up approach and also reinforce the legitimization of the informal sector. We still need to understand their waste management processes, how this formalization of informal workers actually happens and figure out the gaps in the big picture.
This project is a collaboration between MediaLAB Amsterdam, IIIT-B and Fields of View and is funded by CISCO.
For more information about the project, check out blog.fieldsofview.in/category/garbage/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.