Transforming waste management by empowering informal waste-pickers in Pune

Year of Publication

2021

Like in many cities, Pune’s informal waste-pickers form a significant part of the waste management system. What is different to other cities is the way they collaborate with the city government through SWaCH, Pune’s pro-poor public private partnership wholly owned by self-employed waste workers.

Source:

Urban Ocean

Author(s):

Mahesh Harhare

Geography:

India

Type:

Purpose of Measurement:

Understanding the Problem, Solution Sets and Impact Potential

Impact theme(s):

Material Flows, Livelihoods, Policy

Like in many cities, Pune’s informal waste-pickers form a significant part of the waste management system. What is different to other cities is the way they collaborate with the city government through SWaCH, Pune’s pro-poor public private partnership wholly owned by self-employed waste workers. This case study has been developed as part of Urban Ocean, one of Resilient Cities Network’s multi-city programs, co-designed and delivered with our partners Ocean Conservancy and The Circulate Initiative. Urban Ocean supports cities in assessing their risks and vulnerabilities as well as gaps in their waste management systems that lead to plastic leakage into the environment and the ocean. It helps cities to identify actions, design better projects and innovative solutions, leverage partnerships, and finally connects cities and their projects to potential funding sources.