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Informal Waste Recycling in India

Informal Waste Recycling in India
August 6, 2020 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am UTC Timezone

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The informal waste recycling sector in India is significant in its proportion. Household waste follows the chain of waste picker to aggregator to recycler, and the entire chain operates informally.

In this webinar the panelists will discuss the existent recycling system, the challenges faced at each of these stages, regulations, administrative support, and what could be done to improve the system, and to make individual lives along the chain better.

Panelists will also touch upon impacts of COVID-19 and the new challenges it has thrown in the work.


Harshad Barde, Director @SWaCH Pune

Harshad is currently Director of SWaCH Pune, India’s first autonomous cooperative of informal waste pickers, whose 3500 waste-picker members provide waste collection and management services to over 8 lakh properties in Pune. SWaCH’s partnership with PMC has achieved the highest levels of waste-picker integration, segregation at source, diversion to recycling from doorstep while ensuring the lowest municipal costs for solid waste management in Pune City.

Siddharth Hande, Founder @Kabadiwalla Connect

Siddharth Hande is a spatial data analyst by training, interested in social entrepreneurship, technology, urban planning, informality and the circular economy in the developing world. Prior to Kabadiwalla Connect, he worked as a consultant in some of India’s premier urban policy and research think tanks, including the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability at IIT-Madras, The Indian Institute for Human Settlements and the Institute for Financial Management and Research.

Haren Sanghavi, Managing Director @GMS Plastic Machinery Pvt Ltd


Shailendra Singh, Founder & CEO, Sustain Mantra

Shailendra describes himself as sustainable development strategist/enthusiast, with keen appreciation of the impact of climate change on business models & ways to mitigate the risk. He has been working in the field of plastic waste management & helped develop multi-pronged strategies to deal with the issue of plastic waste pollution. He has rich work experience in Specialty Chemicals & Plastics of over 3 decades with leading MNC’s, spanning Asia Pacific Region working in senior leadership roles. On his return to India in 2015, in his most recent role, he was the MD & CEO in India for a public listed Japanese Multinational. Shailendra has been on the governing board of the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) & also held positions in Society of Plastic Engineers- India/ All India Printing Inks Manufacturer Association (AIPIMA) through his career.

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